Mauer's back still inflamed, but no further damage

Updated: March 11, 2009, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer will take a stronger dosage of anti-inflammatory medicine to try to hasten his recovery from a lower-back problem.

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 ...

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