The Minnesota Twins are slated to reinstate Joe Mauer from the disabled list on Saturday, the team announced. Additionally, Byron Buxton will hit the DL as he battles a left groin strain. It was also learned that Bartolo Colon will get the nod for the Twins on Tuesday when they take on the Yankees.
Mauer suffered an injury on July 4 against the Los Angeles Angels. Three days later, he hit the disabled list with a lower-back strain. The latest disabled stint was the first since August 2014 for the 34-year-old veteran.
For qualified hitters, Mauer’s .286 average leads the Twins roster while his 79 hits are tied for third, trailing Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier. The first baseman/designated hitter enters Saturday 10 for his last 32 with a homer and five RBI. His signature game this season came on May 28 when he reached base a career-high seven times against the Tampa Bay Rays, going 4-for-5 at the plate with three walks.
The No. 1 overall pick in 2004 has been with the Twins for his entire professional career, racking up six All-Star bids as well as AL MVP honors in 2009.
Buxton has been lethal on the base paths, swiping 16 bags in 17 of his attempts this season. It’s getting on base that’s been the crux for the 23-year-old.
He hits the disabled list owning a .218/.292/.211 line with 88 strikeouts in 257 at-bats. The second overall pick in 2012 has accounted for a 2.0 WAR this year.
Colon signed a minor-league deal on July 7 after being designated for assignment and later released by the Braves.