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Mauer Commits To Better Conditioning

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is making arrangements to upgrade his offseason conditioning program this winter.

After a very rough 2011 season, Mauer wants to enter 2012 spring training in the best shape possible.

"The biggest thing is having a regular offseason," Mauer said. "This year has been pretty tough for me, probably the toughest season I've been through, physically. Last year wasn't easy either. I had that heel injury and things kind if trickled down from that.

"It will be nice. Hopefully I'll have somewhat of a normal offseason. I've got things in place. I've learned a lot over the last couple of years. I think I have the right people and program in place to have a good offseason."

Mauer's last offseason was abbreviated because of knee surgery in December.

Via Star Tribune

Twins Recall Catcher As Mauer Sits Out

The Twins have recalled catcher Rene Rivera from Triple-A Rochester for an extra backup.

Joe Mauer is recovering from a stiff neck.

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer was feeling better and won't be placed on the disabled list, but this is his fifth straight game missed.

Via Associated Press

Twins Have 'Narrow List Of Players' To Pick From By Oct. 15

Having traded slugger Jim Thome to the Indians, the Twins will have to choose a player from Cleveland's system by October 15.

The Twins have "a relatively narrow list of players" to choose from, according to Indians general manager Chris Antonetti.

Via Jordan Bastian/MLB.com

Thome Traded Back To Cleveland

Jim Thome accepted a trade from the Twins on Thursday night to return to the Indians, the team he started with and one hoping its career home run leader can help it run down the first-place Tigers in the AL Central, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com

Twins Place Liriano On DL

The Twins have placed left-hander Francisco Liriano on the disabled list with a strained shoulder after he left Thursday's game against Baltimore early, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com

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