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Updated: September 21st, 2010 5:28pm
Mauer (knee) likely out 4-5 days, but MRI shows nothing serious

Mauer (knee) likely out 4-5 days, but MRI shows nothing serious

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer is going to be OK.

The reigning American League MVP underwent an MRI on his knee Tuesday afternoon, and per manager Ron Gardenhire, everything came out OK.

"He's fine," Gardenhire said.

"Some tissue inflammation, nothing in there."

Gardenhire said Mauer is likely to receive a cortisone shot on Tuesday night, and he is expected to miss at least four or five days.

"It's good news," Gardenhire said.

Update: Mauer said he did not receive a cortisone shot on Tuesday night, but that plan could still change. Mauer added, "It's day-to-day. If we knew exactly what was going on we'd tell you guys."

Mauer tweaked the knee in Sunday's game against Oakland, and he was replaced by Drew Butera in the seventh.

Butera and Jose Morales will take turns catching until Mauer returns, with Butera catching Scott Baker on Tuesday and Morales catching Nick Blackburn on Wednesday night.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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