Slumping Twins bring Mauer back from rehab

Published 4:48 pm Friday, June 15, 2018

CLEVELAND — The Minnesota Twins have returned first baseman Joe Mauer from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the disabled list after a 25-game absence because of a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms resulting from a dive for a foul ball.

The move was made on Friday before Minnesota’s game at Cleveland. Third baseman Miguel Sano was sent to Class A Fort Myers on Thursday.

Mauer went hitless in 10 at-bats over three games with Triple-A Rochester, but the Twins lineup badly needs a boost from the three-time American League batting champion. They’re in the bottom third of the major leagues in most offensive categories.

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The Twins also recalled infielder Taylor Motter from Rochester after sending outfielder Jake Cave down on Thursday.