Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Mauer (elbow) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

After sitting out Wednesday to rest his elbow, Mauer is expected to slot back in at first base or DH for the Twins' final four games of the season. While his presence in the lineup is reassuring for fantasy owners fighting tooth and nail for every run and RBI they can find, Mauer's contributions this season will end up going down as a huge disappointment. His .276 batting average and four home runs represent the lowest outputs of his career for seasons in which he's logged 500 plate appearances.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Manager Ron Gardenhire intends for Mauer (elbow) to play in all four games of the Twins' final series against the Tigers, which starts Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Gardenhire is operating under the desire to play spoiler as the Tigers are fighting for a Central Division title. After getting an anticipated day off Wednesday, the hope is that the swelling in Mauer's elbow has died down enough for him to slot in at first base or as the designated hitter, so it's not yet time to cut ties with him in fantasy leagues.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Mauer (elbow) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Mauer was expected to miss Wednesday's game after being hit on the nerve above his elbow Tuesday, which then experienced some swelling. He is indeed out Wednesday, with Kennys Vargas taking the duties at first base and Josmil Pinto serving as the designated hitter.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Mauer was hit with a pitch on the nerve right above his right elbow and had to leave Tuesday's game due to swelling, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports. He is expected to miss Wednesday's game.

Look for Chris Parmelee to start at first base Wednesday, and consider Mauer day-to-day for now, with the hope that his swelling subsides and he can start a few more games this season.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Mauer left Tuesday's game after getting hit on the elbow and is day-to-day, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.

He stayed in the game initially after suffering the elbow contusion on the hit-by-pitch in the first inning, but the Twins wisely opted to play it safe and remove him in the second inning. Chris Parmelee replaced Mauer and would figure to get any starts at first base if Mauer misses any further time.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Mauer is not in the lineup Monday, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.

Chris Parmelee will get the start at first base as the Twins will give Mauer a rare day off. He's 10-for-27 over his last seven games and is finishing off the season strong. Mauer is still getting on base at a solid clip (.361), but his four home runs in 115 games have really limited his value this season.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Mauer was the provider for the Twins Monday, going 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored.

Mauer twice plated two runs on singles Monday night. The face of the Twins' franchise has already plated nine runs this month after knocking in just 41 before Monday's contest. Mauer has hit .274 in 419 at-bats this season.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Mauer is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Mauer will turn first base over to Kennys Vargas after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the first game of the twin bill. A sore left shoulder limited Mauer to DH duty for a few games at the end of August, but it hasn't seemed to present any issues so far in September, as he's recorded nine hits in 31 at-bats.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Mauer has been limited to DH duties the last four days due to a sore left shoulder, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

If the injury is inhibiting Mauer offensively, it didn't show Monday, as he turned in a three-hit, four-RBI performance in the win over the Orioles. The Twins will likely keep using him at DH until he's deemed healthy enough to return to first base, but the ailment shouldn't have a noticeable impact on his fantasy utility at this time.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Mauer had a big day at the dish Monday, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Mauer has hit the ball well since coming off the disabled list in mid-August, batting .297 with 17 RBI in 21 games. The Twins' slugger is hitting .276 with 45 RBI in 377 at-bats this summer.