Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he believed Mauer first felt the injury when he tripped while rounding first base in Tuesday's 6-5, 12-inning tiebreaker win over the Tigers. But Mauer reiterated to his manager that he's been able to play through the injury, so it's not something that will keep him off the field or force him to be used only as the designated hitter during the American League Division Series against the Yankees.
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|Gm. 2||NYY 4, MIN 3 (11)||Wrap||Video|
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Mauer was asked Saturday if his soreness prevented him from scoring on Cuddyer's single."I don't think so," Mauer said. "It was hit pretty hard. [Third-base coach Scott Ullger] held me up, so I don't know." As for how the injury might affect him for the rest of the series, Mauer tried to downplay the issue. He said he'll be behind the plate for Sunday's Game 3 and that the soreness he's feeling is nothing really out of the ordinary. "It's been a long year," Mauer said. "I'm banged up, but that's it."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.