Mauer, Victorino out for Red Sox-Twins opener
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was out of the lineup Friday
night for the series opener against Boston because of a stiff
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer woke up in the morning with
discomfort but could be available to catch in an emergency if Ryan
Doumit were also hurt. Gardenhire said Mauer would be re-evaluated
”We’re hoping that this is short term and he’ll be able to play
tomorrow,” Gardenhire said.
Mauer has a 14-game hitting streak, tied for the third-longest
of his career. The 30-year-old is batting .446 during the run.
Chris Parmelee, hitting .204 entering the night, took Mauer’s place
in the second spot in the batting order.
For the Red Sox, right fielder Shane Victorino was also out as a
precaution after hurting his back the night before at Tampa Bay. He
made a tough catch at the warning track in the eighth inning as he
collided with the wall. Manager John Farrell also hoped Victorino
would be available to play Saturday. Two weeks ago, Victorino
missed seven games due to a problem with his back.
He said the discomfort that time was worse than this.
”I want to be smart about it,” Victorino said.
The Twins also announced backup outfielder Darin Mastroianni, on
the disabled list for the last month due to a stress reaction in
his left foot, will have surgery to fix a bone chip inside his
ankle that has been preventing him from progressing. Assistant
general manager Rob Antony said Mastroianni will need at least six
weeks to recover from the operation, which is scheduled for
The Twins made a minor-league roster move, too, releasing
left-handed reliever Rafael Perez from Triple-A Rochester. Perez
was signed to a minor-league contract, coming off shoulder surgery,
but didn’t improve to the point where the Twins believed he could
help them in the majors this year. So Antony said they wanted to
give him the opportunity to find a new team.
Perez posted a 3.64 ERA over seven years with the Cleveland
Indians, averaging 66 innings per season.