Knee keeps Joe Mauer out of lineup

Updated: September 22, 2010, 11:48 AM ET news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer was out of the starting lineup Monday because of his sore left knee and remains day to day.


Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire gave no indication that the injury could be more serious but said after the team's 9-3 win over Cleveland that Mauer could get an MRI on Tuesday.

The reigning AL MVP injured himself swinging in the sixth inning Sunday and left the game against Oakland.

With the win and Chicago's loss to the Athletics, the Twins' magic number to clinch the AL Central is down to two.

Twins outfielder Jason Kubel took batting practice, but was not in the lineup because of a wrist injury. Gardenhire said Kubel could return to the lineup Tuesday.

Outfielder Denard Span returned after missing the last three games with shoulder trouble and drove in two runs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.