MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins say an MRI on Joe Mauer's sore left knee shows only tissue inflammation and no structural damage.
Manager Ron Gardenhire says Mauer may need a cortisone shot to help with the pain, but only expects him to be out for a few more days. If he does take a shot, Gardenhire said the reigning AL MVP will miss four or five games tops.
It's a big relief for the Twins, who have been without slugger Justin Morneau for more than two months because of a concussion.
Mauer is hitting .331 and is a big reason for the team's surge to the top of the standings. He is batting .383 since the All-Star break.
The Twins entered Tuesday night's game against Cleveland with a
magic number of two to clinch the AL Central title.