Notebook: no update on Joe Mauer's return, could be back for road trip
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that no determination has been made regarding whether or not Joe Mauer will accompany the club on the road trip to Chicago. That decision, in Ryan's estimation, would be made before the club's departure Sunday evening.
Ryan also wouldn't rule out Mauer joining the team on the road trip if it came down to it.
Another interesting note was Ryan saying that Mauer will continue to be a catcher, unless Joe comes to the Twins and say he doesn't want to continue doing so.
Here are a few other notes from Saturday:
* Terry Ryan said that Ryan Doumit approached the Twins about whether or not he should catch again this season.
"In essence, I think Gardy agreed with him that we have enough catchers here for him to not have to catch anymore. He's caught since the concussion, though. I think he's also stated that he's also looking forward to catching next year."
* Former Twins reliever and current Rays bullpen piece Jesse Crain is getting close to 'returning' to the club, according to manager Joe Maddon. Crain actually hasn't pitched for the Rays since being traded from the White Sox on July 29. Crain was traded for cash or players to be named later -- which would hinge on how much he pitches for the Rays down the stretch -- but has actually been out of action since June 29 with a right shoulder sprain.
Before the injury, Crain was in the midst of easily the best season of his 10-year career. Crain had a 0.74 ERA, 11.3 strikeouts per 9 innings, and a 1.15 WHIP. He'll be a free agent at season's end.
* Terry Ryan said that he, and to some extent manager Ron Gardenhire, don't particularly believe in platoons. "We don't platoon much here," Ryan said. "Never have. Tom Kelly hated it. Gardenhire I don't think is all that excited about it either. I don't think he likes to platoon players much at all, and I don't either. I just prefer to put everyday players out there, and we don't have to platoon. You're always looking for guys that can play 162 games, right? That's what I'm looking at."
* Ryan said he couldn't recall ever specifically asking any player to give up switch hitting. "Rich Becker was a guy we might have done that with," Ryan said. "I didn't do it; Kelly might have done that, which is fine. People talked about Cristian Guzman giving it up, but we never did. Ironically, he ended up hitting better from his weaker side. I have never asked Pedro Florimon what his weaker side is, because I don't think he should give it up."
Ryan added he's very hesitant to ask guys give up switch hitting -- specifically the fast ones -- because giving up the left side takes away their chance to put the ball in play from the batter's box closer to first base.
* Ryan said there's a small compliment of players in Florida on rehab, including pitcher Alex Wimmers and outfielders Lance Ray and Nate Roberts.
* Gardenhire said that bench coach Terry Steinbach is in Josmil Pinto's ear "constantly." He also added that Pinto consistently ass questions of the former three-time All Star, and is a very willing student of the game.