FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Joe Mauer is back to crouching behind the plate, a bit tired but committed to being a catcher.
The rehabilitating Minnesota Twins star caught three innings Thursday in an extended spring training game, his first action on defense since he was sent to the disabled list in mid-April with weakness and soreness in his legs.
Mauer went 0 for 5 at the plate, with two flyouts to left field and three groundouts to the right side of the infield against a group of Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguers. Mauer said afterward he was “a little fatigued” in the 94-degree heat but that he “felt good to get back out there.”
Despite the wear and tear on his body, the 28-year-old Mauer says he doesn’t “see any reason to change” positions now.