MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins misplaced a key member in their batting order Saturday as first baseman Joe Mauer was once positioned at the 10-day disabled listing with a cervical pressure and concussion-like signs.

The previous American League MVP was once pulled from Friday’s sport within the 5th inning with what the workforce referred to as “neck stiffness” stemming from a dive for a bad ball on Would possibly 11.

Twins supervisor Paul Molitor printed Saturday that Mauer was once additionally experiencing steadiness problems and sensitivity to gentle the evening prior, which contributed to his elimination.

“We ran during the protocol remaining evening,” mentioned Molitor, “and there was once no definitive solution there so far as what precisely is ongoing, however given his historical past … it appears to be like to me adore it’s gonna be no less than a couple of days.”

Mauer suffered a concussion in 2013 that gave him lingering signs as he hit under .280 for 3 seasons in a row.

The 35-year-old batted .305 remaining season and was once hitting .283 this yr with a .404 on-base proportion. He lately recorded his 2,000th hit.

Mauer mentioned Friday evening he was hoping to be in Saturday’s lineup, however his worsening signs involved the workforce sufficient to ship him house for a pair days to get well.

“I believe it will take an afternoon or two,” Mauer mentioned Friday evening of his neck stiffness. “Confidently not anything greater than that. I simply assume I’ve to let it chill out.”

The Twins have struggled offensively, shedding 4 out of 5 video games, scoring 2.6 runs in line with sport in that span. Slugger Miguel Sano has been out of the lineup since April 27, and rapid Byron Buxton is hitting .087 since getting back from the disabled listing on Would possibly 10.

“Clearly (Mauer) needs to be part of it, and also you compound it with the opposite those that we are lacking,” mentioned Molitor, “we have had bother maintaining offense. And to take a kind of guys to your lineup that you already know is gonna come up with just right at-bats, so far as probably discovering techniques on or getting a two-out hit, it makes it slightly more difficult.”

Minnesota introduced up outfielder Jake Cave to interchange Mauer at the 25-man roster. Cave will make his MLB debut Saturday evening, enjoying heart box and batting 7th.

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