Twins 1B Mauer (back spasms) still out, could land on DL

Joe Mauer's back spasms aren't improving.

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Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer missed his fourth straight game Thursday with lower back spasms, and manager Ron Gardenhire said the six-time All-Star could go on the disabled list.

Mauer played catch and hit off a batting tee Wednesday, but it's unclear when he'll be able to play.

The Twins have been playing short-handed throughout their four-game series with the Indians, and their lack of depth became a bigger problem when outfielder Sam Fuld couldn't play Thursday because of headaches. Gardenhire said Fuld was being checked for a possible concussion.

The injuries left infielder Pedro Florimon as Minnesota's only player on the bench.

Eduardo Escobar, normally a shortstop, had to play left field Wednesday. He misjudged a fly ball in the ninth inning that led to Cleveland scoring the winning run in a 4-3 loss. Escobar started in center Thursday.

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