This time last year, Joe Mauer was doing nothing but rehab on his left knee. This year, Mauer has started baseball activity in preparation for spring training. That, Twins fans, is something we should place our hope in.
Mauer has been hitting off a tee and throwing as he prepares for the day pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers, FL - February 18th. Mauer reports that he feels good, even saying that he feels night and day in reference to last year's rehab period.
Well thank goodness for that because, not only are fans counting on Mauer, but the Twins are counting on him to regain the form that made him the AL MVP in 2009. That year Mauer reached career highs in batting average (.365), home runs (28) and RBIs (96). He won his third AL batting title that year and soon after signed an eight-year, $184 million contract extension with the Twins.
Mauer even plans on catching in spring training, something he certainly did not do much of last year.