Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Days

Joe Mauer (oblique) took some dry swings on Sunday.

They came after the first baseman played soft-toss and fielded a few ground balls on Saturday. It's obviously a great sign that Mauer is ready to swing a bat again, and he should progress to hitting in the cage and then taking batting practice if all goes well. He's been out since early July with a strained right oblique.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Days

Joe Mauer (oblique) went through a light workout Saturday, playing soft-toss and fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees.

It's a small step, but a step nonetheless. "At least he's [doing] baseball activity," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. "Let's wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he'll be able to swing pretty soon." Manager Ron Gardenhire seemed more pessimistic, saying that Mauer "still feels it" while coughing and sneezing, "so he's obviously not ready to take swings." Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 12 Days

Joe Mauer (oblique) is not expected to be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break.

It's no surprise, as he'll only been two weeks removed from a strained right oblique at that time. There's no timetable for Mauer's return, but typically oblique strains keep players sidelined for 3-4 weeks.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 20 Days

Twins placed 1B Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

Mauer suffered the injury on a two-RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Royals. He'll be eligible to return immediately after the All-Star break, though it's not clear at this time whether he'll be ready to return then. Chris Colabello has taken Mauer's spot on the roster.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 21 Days

Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right oblique strain.

Mauer had an RBI double in one of his three plate appearances before exiting, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. The Twins will re-evaluate him on Wednesday, but it's obviously an injury that requires a disabled list stint most of the time.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 26 Days

Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI against the Angels on Thursday.

The first double just missed being a homer, but since it also just missed being an out, as it went off Mike Trout's glove, he can't really complain. It was the second double in the ninth that drove in all of the runs. Mauer is 12-for-29 with nine RBI in his last seven games. He doesn't have a homer in that span, but he's twice had very close calls.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 30 Days

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Twins beat the White Sox 6-5 on Sunday.

Mauer twice came through with RBI singles, his third two-RBI game in his last four. Mauer had just 15 RBI through his first 62 games, but he's had seven in the last week. His line is still a forgettable .261/.334/.338, but he's at least showing some signs of life.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Joe Mauer hit a go-ahead two-run double in Saturday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.

Mauer just missed a three-run homer on the play, but he'll gladly take the double. The 31-year-old has driven in four runs over the past three games after collecting just three RBI over his previous 31 games. Fantasy owners will have to hope that he's finally on the right track.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and an RBI double as the Twins defeated the White Sox 4-2 on Thursday.

In one night, Mauer equaled his RBI total between May 24 and June 18. His eighth-inning double broke a 2-2 tie and would prove to be the game-winning run. The catcher-turned-first baseman has had a bad year at the plate overall, slashing .254/.332/.328 with 16 RBI.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a run scored Monday against the Brewers.

Mauer had a single and two doubles. It was his first multi-hit game since May 23. While we'll take this as progress, he has uncharacteristically struck out twice in three consecutive games.