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Trainer: Mauer Wasn't Ready To Begin Season

Twins head athletic trainer Rick McWane said the soreness Joe Mauer is experiencing in his leg is because his body wasn't strong enough at the start of the season.

"He, I don't think, has had the repetitions either for catching or anything else," McWane said. "Once the season started, he started to wear down."

Mauer had surgery in December and he only played in eight games during spring training with the hopes that it would keep his legs fresh for the grind of catching in the regular season.

"I was out there fighting it and my body just said I couldn't go anymore," Mauer said. "It's tough to admit that, especially with the things that guys play through. But it gets to a point where your body says you can't go anymore."

Mauer said he is making progress, but he has yet to resume baseball activities. He was eligible to come off the DL on Thursday, but there is no timetable for his return.

Via Associated Press

Cuddyer Questions Twins' Effort

Michael Cuddyer questioned whether the Twins are giving the effort they need after another lackluster performance on Thursday, according to an Yahoo! Sports report.

Cuddyer had two hits, including his third home run of the season, but Ben Zobrist set a Rays’ record with eight RBIs as Tampa Bay routed Minnesota 15-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

“We’re not playing with some fire,” Cuddyer said. “We’ve got to play with some fire. We’ve got to play with some emotion. Right now we’re not.”

Via Yahoo! Sports

Zobrist Sets Rays' Record With 8 RBIs

Ben Zobrist set a Tampa Bay record with eight RBIs, hitting a home run and two doubles Thursday as the Rays routed the Twins 15-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Zobrist went 4 for 6 and scored twice. He hit an RBI single in the first inning, a three-run homer in the sixth and added two-run doubles in the seventh and ninth.

Via AP

Mauer Needs Rehab Assignment

Coming off of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Joe Mauer tried to take it easy in spring training to conserve his legs for the rigors of catching in the regular season.

Now the Twins are saying the All-Star wasn't physically ready to start the season and will need a rehab assignment in the minor leagues before rejoining the team because of bilateral leg weakness.

Via ESPN.com

Twins Place Young On DL With Strained Oblique

The Twins put Delmon Young on disabled list on Wednesday night with a strained left oblique that caused him to pull himself from the lineup against the Rays, according to an Associated Press report.

Via AP

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