Mauer shrugs aside waivers process as routine

Mauer shrugs aside waivers process as routine

Mauer shrugs aside waivers process as routine
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer said his mother was at the Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday promoting Kemps Ice Cream but had a feeling the conversations dealt more with her son reportedly being placed on waivers.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal originally reported Tuesday night that the Twins placed Mauer on waivers. No team claimed him.

"I just got a lot of phone calls and text messages and things like that," Mauer said. "From my understanding of the whole thing, it won't be the first time or the last time. It's part of the game. I was a little surprised at how much coverage it got."

Mauer generally shrugged off the process as routine, a sentiment echoed by teammate Justin Morneau. Morneau reportedly was claimed by the Dodgers on waivers earlier this month, but the two teams did not work out a deal.

"It's something that happens every year," Morneau said. "Usually you don't hear about it. I guess it has to do with the position that we're [the Twins] in, why you hear about it. Everybody in here has been run through it at some point. We've all been run through it in the past. It's a non-issue."

Mauer served as Minnesota's designated hitter on Wednesday and hit third against Seattle.

"I signed here because this is where I want to play. Obviously that helps," Mauer said of the no-trade clause in his contract. "I'm not going to speculate on anything. This is just part of the game and I'm more worried about getting some runs for our pitching tonight."