Mauer's back still inflamed, but no further damage
Mauer hasn't played yet this spring training. He had a dye-injection MRI Tuesday to identify any previously undetected issues. Manager Ron Gardenhire says the diagnosis was the same as before.
Minnesota had become concerned by his lack of progress, but Gardenhire expressed relief Wednesday. Mauer has inflammation on the right side of his lower back at the sacroiliac joint, where the spine meets the pelvis.
The reigning AL batting champion had surgery in December to remove a kidney obstruction. He's been swinging, catching and throwing but can't run without pain.
Twins general manager Bill Smith said team doctors will continue to evaluate Mauer and seek other opinions as well.
"As soon as we get more information, we'll go from there," Smith said.
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