Antony said new outfielder Erik Komatsu, who was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday and was scheduled to join the team in Seattle on Saturday, is a player the team has been eyeing for a while.
"We liked him and considered him in the Rule 5 Draft this winter when we selected Mr. [Terry] Doyle," Antony said. "But we decided to go for the pitcher. We thought that was a spot we were trying to solidify. ... We continued to follow him through Spring Training and the beginning of the season. ... He can play all three outfield positions, he can run, [he's an] average fielder, average arm, and he's always hit in the Minor Leagues.
"Granted, he hasn't played above Double-A until this year, but he's always hit and he had a career OPS over .800. So he's got a little bit of pop, too, and he can run. It's a situation where we thought we could add a player we liked, give him a shot. There's opportunity here."
Ullger said Mauer's sore knee is still keeping him from catching, but Mauer started Friday's game at designated hitter and the Twins will try to make sure he's playing every day. "I hope just to have him in the lineup," Ullger said. "If it's DH, that's fine. If it's first base, that's fine."