Feeling concussion symptoms, Mauer still not ready to return

Published 10:18 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has not been able to shake the concussion-like symptoms he has experienced since hurting his neck three weeks ago.

Mauer’s return to the lineup hit another road block while working out Thursday before Minnesota’s game against Cleveland, when continued sensitivity to light and noise while jogging around and fielding groundballs and forced him to back off.

“We kind of got a better feel for where I’m at, and I’m not there yet,” Mauer said.

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The 35-year-old Mauer has also been dealing with a cervical strain resulting from a May 11 dive for a foul ball. He played for another week before departing mid-game May 18 and being placed on the disabled list the following day.

Mauer said he has been told by the team’s medical staff that some recurrence of symptoms is to be expected, but that didn’t stem his disappointment.