Mauer is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday, as Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he wants the All-Star to play the last four games of the season against the first-place Tigers in Detroit.
"He's a little sore," Gardenhire said. "There's no sense in putting him back out there today. We're going to Detroit for four and I want him in all those games. So I just wanted to give him a day. I didn't even ask. He took one right off the elbow. But I want him ready to play tomorrow for sure."
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