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The Twins aren’t unfamiliar with their players dealing with concussions, as first baseman Justin Morneau, former outfielder Denard Span and former third baseman Corey Koskie all missed months on end due to post-concussion issues.
The club is hoping Joe Mauer doesn’t go down the same path.
The three-time batting champion was placed on the 7-day concussion DL after Tuesday’s game. Mauer’s symptoms stem from Monday’s contest when he took an Ike Davis foul tip to the facemask. The Twins had planned to play him at first base Tuesday, but they scratched him from the lineup after he felt dizzy while taking batting practice. After being examined by a doctor, the decision was made to DL him.
"The Detroit doctor examined him and did some tests and found he had some concussion-like symptoms," assistant general manager Rob Antony said to MLB.com. "For him, it was mainly he felt dizzy and out of sorts. He did the baseline test and they were pretty certain he had the symptoms of a possible concussion. The doctor felt like he should he go on the seven-day DL, and we agreed with that."
The good news is that Mauer didn't feel sick while flying from Minneapolis to Detroit after Monday’s game, which can be a common occurrence with concussions. However, it’s obviously totally up in the air as to when he’ll return. The Twins are well out of it and will proceed with extra caution with their star.
Down Goes Joey Bats
Mauer wasn’t the only slugger named Joe(y Bats) to land on the disabled list Tuesday night, as the Blue Jays were forced to send Jose Bautista to the DL with a left hip bone bruise.
Bautista originally suffered earlier this month when he pulled up awkwardly while charging towards home plate and planning to slide. It’s not clear which exact game the incident occurred in, but it’s worth noting that Joey Bats hit only .125 with one home run over his last nine games before landing on the DL. The plan is to give him treatment and rest over the next two weeks before re-evaluating him.
The slugger is optimistic that he’ll return in early September and scoffed at the notion that the Jays might consider shutting him down.
“I’m not expecting to be shut down,” Bautista told to Sportsnet.ca. “From what the doctor said, and I have full trust in his diagnosis, after the two weeks he expects the bone bruise to be somewhat healed if not completely, then after that a couple days of baseball action, and I’ll be ready to go.”
Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar figure to benefit the most from Bautista’s absence. The club will also call up Moises Sierra from Triple-A Buffalo.
Astros Prospect Shooting for 40/40
It’s been 57 years since someone in minor league baseball reached 40/40 status. George Springer came closer to adding his name to the record book Tuesday night.
The Astros’ outfield prospect homered and also had a walk-off single in Triple-A Oklahoma City’s win over Albuquerque Tuesday. The longball gives Springer 36 for the season to go along with 39 steals and a .302/.410/.611 batting line across two levels. He has 13 games left with Oklahoma City to try and reach the 40/40 plateau.
The 11th pick in the 2011 draft, Springer had 24 homers and 32 steals in his first full minor league season last year, as his power/speed combo has always been evident. He’s obviously taken it to another level this year, though.
So when will we see the talented youngster in the majors? It would be a surprise if he doesn’t at least get a cup of coffee next month when rosters expand. Springer has struck out over 150 times in each of his two full seasons in the minors, as the 23-year-old seems unlikely to hit for average right away at the big league level. However, he’ll be an instant 20/20 threat right off the bat given a full season’s worth of at-bats, which could come as soon as next season. He should be stashed away in mixed leagues where he’s still available.
National League Quick Hits: Justin Upton (back) could return to the lineup Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday’s contest ... Yasiel Puig didn’t start but came off the bench to homer Tuesday against the Marlins ... Ross Ohlendorf (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list to start on Wednesday against the Cubs ... Yadier Molina doubled and homered Tuesday, giving him four multi-hit games in five tries since returning from the DL ... David Wright (hamstring) said Tuesday that he fully expects to return this season ... Tony Cingrani left Tuesday’s game with a back strain but thinks he'll make his next scheduled start ... Patrick Corbin struck out 10 in a complete game win over the Reds Tuesday ... Ryan Howard (knee) will begin baseball activities on Thursday ... Johnny Cueto (lat) will undergo an MRI on Friday to see if he can begin throwing ... Starling Marte (finger) missed a second straight game Tuesday but could be back in there Wednesday ... Barry Zito will start Wednesday in place of Chad Gaudin, who landed on the DL with carpal tunnel syndrome ... The Giants designated Jeff Francoeur for assignment ... Paul Maholm (wrist) will return to the Braves' starting rotation on Thursday ... John Lannan (knee) has been ruled out for the season ... Jenrry Mejia will undergo season-ending elbow surgery before the end of the month ... Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) still plans to throw a simulated game Thursday despite feeling sore after Monday’s bullpen session ...
American League Quick Hits: Clay Buchholz (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment on Sunday and is in line to return early next month ... Nick Franklin is expected to miss up to a week due to a laceration on his left knee suffered during Tuesday's game ... Derek Norris suffered a fractured left toe in Tuesday's game but might not go on the DL ... Sonny Gray yielded two runs on just two hits over seven innings of a no-decision Tuesday versus the Mariners ... Alex Cobb allowed one earned run Tuesday for the second straight start since coming back from the DL ... Alexi Ogando has landed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation ... John Danks tossed eight scoreless innings in Tuesday’s win over the Royals ... Justin Morneau went 4-for-5 with a home run – his seventh of August – in a win over the Tigers ... Samuel Deduno (biceps) will be cleared to stat on Friday if he can get through a bullpen session Wednesday ... Mike Trout (hamstring) remained out of the Angels' lineup Tuesday but is expected back soon ... Ryan Dempster was given a five-game suspension for throwing at Alex Rodriguez and will not appeal ... Mike Napoli (foot) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday ... Oswaldo Arcia didn’t play Tuesday due to a nagging left wrist ailment ... Alex Avila (concussion) has been cleared for workouts ... The Indians released Daisuke Matsuzaka from his minor league deal, but he’s expected to sign a major league deal elsewhere soon ...