Mauer sits out opener with sprained thumb

Mauer sits out opener with sprained thumb

Mauer sits out opener with sprained thumb
KANSAS CITY -- A day after spraining his right thumb on a swing against the Indians on Sunday, Joe Mauer was held out of the lineup against the Royals on Monday.

It marked just the third game Mauer hasn't started this season, as he had started 51 of the club's 53 games entering Monday.

"It's worse than yesterday, but that's kind of to be expected," Mauer said. "When I swung -- it's my bottom hand -- and my top hand kind of came off the bat a little bit, and that's how I rolled it."

Mauer added he has been icing the thumb and hopes to return soon. He's still day to day, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

"We'll see how he gets through today and work towards tomorrow," Gardenhire said. "I have no time frame. Day to day is what they told me, and that's where we'll be."