Joe Mauer sent home after setback in concussion recovery

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was sent home Wednesday after experiencing a setback from his recovery from a concussion.

“He didn’t have a good day today,” said Twins general manager Terry Ryan. “It’s a concern more than frustration because you’ve got to feel for the guy. He just didn’t feel well today, so we sent him home. This wasn’t a good day. I don’t want to hide that at all.  … He’s home, and, hopefully, he’ll come back tomorrow feeling better.”

Mauer hasn’t played since Aug. 19 after taking a foul tip off the mask in a game against the New York Mets. The Twins have remained hopeful that Mauer will return this season and had even said that he might return for Minnesota’s current homestand. But Wednesday’s setback was certainly a step in the opposite direction.

The 30-year-old Mauer played in a career-high 147 games last season after appearing in just 82 games in 2011 because of multiple injuries. Through 113 games before his concussion this year, Mauer was batting .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI and was named to his sixth All-Star Game. This is the first time in his 10-year big league career that Mauer has been sidelined with a concussion.

Manager Ron Gardenhire described the normally even-keeled Mauer as “irritable” after he tried to do some workouts Wednesday before the Twins’ game against Oakland.

“Irritable is one of the descriptions that many times you will hear out of concussion symptoms.  … It is one of the symptoms, and he was irritable today, so he probably made Gardy irritable,” Ryan said. “He didn’t have a good day, so I didn’t have a good day.”

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