MINNEAPOLIS -- First baseman Joe Mauer left Sunday's game with "low-back spasms," according to the Twins. He's listed as day-to-day. He played the first two innings in the field and lined out to center in his first and only plate appearance before he was taken out.
Mauer said he first felt discomfort in batting practice.
"Maybe the second or third round, I felt something in my back and just tried to get loose," Mauer said. "I really started to feel it once I tried to crank it up and get ready for the game. ... The more I was trying to get it loose I was aggravating it worse."
He said he felt it most when he was "running or moving around."
"Probably [felt it] more in the field [than swinging]. I knew it wasn't good before the first pitch and it just kept getting worse and worse so I knew I had to get off the field."
It's a feeling Mauer said he hadn't had during his catching days, at least not that he could remember. He said he hopes to play Monday in Cleveland.
"They tell me the muscles that spasm, once I get that calmed down I should be able to be out there," Mauer said.
Mauer started Sunday's game at first base, but Chris Colabello moved there from right field in the top of the third inning.
Chris Herrmann, who took over in right field for Colabello, assumed Mauer's No. 2 spot in the batting order.