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Updated: September 23rd, 2013 4:18pm
Twins announce Joe Mauer will be shut down for season after concussion

Twins announce Joe Mauer will be shut down for season after concussion

by Brandon Warne
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS - Joe Mauer will not play again this season, Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Monday. Mauer last played Aug. 19 versus the Mets, when he suffered a concussion after taking a foul ball off his face mask.

The Twins have seven games remaining in the season, and ultimately, the medical staff and front office determined that Mauer wouldn't be ready in that time frame.

"He's making steady progress, and there are a lot of favorable things going on," Ryan said. "But with the calendar and schedule and so forth about ready to run out, it's unrealistic for us to think we're going to get him on the field this year. So ultimately, just so everyone knows, we're going to work toward the 2014 season."

According to Ryan, Mauer didn't sustain any setbacks in recent days.

"There are no setbacks. I don't want you to think there are any red flags here. There are not. But, with all the advice that we receive from our medical people, everybody thinks the best thing to do is just to make this thing go as smoothly as possible, and get ready for the next year."

Ryan said he anticipates Mauer to remain at catcher in 2014.

Brandon Warne covers the Minnesota Twins for 1500ESPN.com. He has also contributed as a baseball analyst for Fangraphs.com and BaseballProspectus.com
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