Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Veteran Twins couldn't look more different
By AJ Mass
It's hard to imagine the Minnesota Twins without the combination of Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer in their lineup on an everyday basis, but we may have already seen that happen for the last time.
The team has placed Mauer on the 7-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms. The catcher had been hit in the mask by several foul balls on Monday and was still suffering signs of dizziness on Tuesday, when he was scratched from the starting lineup. The Twins will certainly be overly cautious with Mauer, who, with a .324 batting average, is the only hitter on their team hitting better than .267 on the year.
Meanwhile, Morneau continued an incredibly hot August with a 4-for-5 night against the Detroit Tigers and is now batting .294 with seven home runs and 19 RBI this month. Morneau, who has cleared waivers, is certainly stating his case for still having plenty left in his tank, and could still be dealt to a team in need of another bat before the hard trade deadline. If Garrett Jones's current 0-for-15 streak of futility continues, perhaps the Pittsburgh Pirates will come to the table.