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MLB notebook: Minnesota to give Mauer more rest

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All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is not going to be activated from the seven-day concussion list when the Minnesota Twins begin a homestand next week.

“The doctors advised him to lay low and rest right now,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Saturday. “That’s the best thing for him. He’ll come in Tuesday, and we’ll go from there.”

It was originally thought Mauer would report to Target Field and possibly begin an exercise program on Saturday, but now it is being pushed back until at least Tuesday, the day he is eligible to come off the concussion disabled list.

Mauer was placed on the concussion list earlier this week after he became dizzy during his pregame routine. The Twins sent him back to Minnesota from Detroit, and the 2009 AL MVP visited a specialist at the Mayo Clinic on Friday.

Antony said doctors didn’t see anything unusual in his test results.

“They just felt it would be best for him to stay at home and take it easy,” Antony said. “If he takes a few days off, it also will reduce the odds of him having symptoms when he does resume exercising.”

Antony said the team has no problem with Mauer seeking treatment at the Mayo Clinic.

“Joe is really comfortable with the Mayo Clinic because he has some familiarity there,” he said. “Our only request is they stay in touch with our doctors so everyone is on the same page.”

Mauer, a six-time All-Star is hitting .324 with 11 homers and 47 RBI for Minnesota.

Jeter set to rejoin Yankees

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is about ready to rejoin the team after being sidelined earlier this month by a strained right calf.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Saturday night’s game against Tampa Bay that barring a setback, Jeter will be back with the team Monday in Toronto.

Pirates put Marte on 15-day DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed leadoff hitter Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a bruised right hand and called up Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Before getting hurt Marte was batting .282 with 11 home runs. He is third in the NL with 35 stolen bases.

Around the leagues

Pitchers Chad Jenkins and Chien-Ming Wang are back with the Toronto Blue Jays. Jenkins was recalled from Double-A New Hampshire, and Wang’s contract was selected from Triple-A Buffalo in time for him to start Saturday night at Houston. Toronto moved infielder Maicer Izturis, out with a sprained left ankle, to the 60-day disabled list. … The Los Angeles Angels placed reliever Kevin Jepsen on the 15-day disabled list after he had surgery to remove his appendix. The Angels recalled outfielder Collin Cowgill from Triple-A Salt Lake City. … The New York Mets recalled first baseman Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to their top farm club. … The San Diego Padres designated Edinson Volquez for assignment and recalled fellow right-hander Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson.


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