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The Minnesota Twins recover one of their most important players

Can they get out of the slump?

Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer | AP

The Minnesota Twins have returned first baseman Joe Mauer from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the disabled list after a 25-game absence because of a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms resulting from a dive for a foul ball.

The move was made on Friday before Minnesota’s game at Cleveland. Third baseman Miguel Sano was sent to Class A Fort Myers on Thursday.

 

Mauer went hitless in 10 at-bats over three games with Triple-A Rochester, but the Twins lineup badly needs a boost from the three-time American League batting champion. They’re in the bottom third of the major leagues in most offensive categories.

The Twins also recalled infielder Taylor Motter from Rochester after sending outfielder Jake Cave down on Thursday.

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