Twins catcher Joe Mauer underwent an MRI this week on his surgically-repaired left knee that showed only inflammation. That means that he will not need another procedure this offseason and that only “rest and rehab” will be required for a full recovery.
Twins GM Bill Smith relayed this information to MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier on Thursday afternoon.
Mauer missed 10 games in September alone and hit only .250 with zero extra-base hits during the postseason this year, all due in large part to his sore left knee. He should get better stamina out of his joint and ligament in 2011, a full year removed from the first knee surgery.
The 27-year-old turned in a .327/.402/.469 overall batting line in 2010 with nine home runs and 75 RBI over 510 at-bats.
Twins players Micheal Cuddyer, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn and Jason Repko have also undergone surgeries this offseason. They’re all expected to be ready for the start of spring training next year.
The Yankees announced a handful of roster moves on Wednesday, including placing DH Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list with a viral infection. The Yankees also recalled infielder Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and outrighted DH Chris Carter to Triple-A.
Holliday, 37, had been complaining about feeling fatigued and hadn’t played since Saturday. He told manager Joe Girardi, “It feels like someone zapped me of all my energy,” MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reported.
Holliday is batting .262/.366/.511 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI in 276 plate appearances. The Yankees inked him to a one-year, $13 million contract in December.
The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.
Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.
The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.