Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 19 Days

Mauer (oblique) went 2-for-4 in his rehab game with Low-A Cedar Rapids on Saturday, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.

The Twins are expected to activate Mauer from the disabled list Monday, which may enable him to make one more appearance for the Kernels on Sunday as he makes his final adjustments in anticipation of reprising his role as the Twins' first baseman.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 19 Days

Mauer (oblique) was 3-for-5 while playing all nine innings at first base Friday for Low-A Cedar Rapids, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

He'll likely play another game or two for Cedar Rapids and then be activated from the DL on Monday.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 20 Days

Mauer (oblique) did not play Thursday, but will play Friday for Low-A Cedar Rapids, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

He got a scheduled day off Thursday to ease him back into action. He went 1-for-6 in his first two games on his rehab assignment. If all goes well he could be activated from the DL on Monday.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 22 Days

Mauer (oblique) went 1-for-3 Tuesday in his first game while on a rehab assignment a Low-A Cedar Rapids.

Mauer played DH and had just three at-bats, but he did have to run from second to home on a close play which showed he was moving well. He may play in Cedar Rapids through the weekend before rejoining Minnesota.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 23 Days

Mauer (oblique) is expected to rehab at Low-A Cedar Rapids through this weekend before rejoining the Twins for next week's series at Houston, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

It's unclear whether Mauer will return for the series opener Monday, but the three-game set should include an appearance from the first baseman at some point. In the meantime, he'll commence his rehab assignment Tuesday at Cedar Rapids, with the potential for another stop along his road to recovery.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 29 Days

Joe Mauer (oblique) took batting practice on the field without incident Wednesday.

Mauer is slowly but surely recovering from an oblique strain that's kept him out since July 2. He'll likely need a short rehab assignment before being activated, but the 31-year-old appears on track for a return in the first few weeks of August.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Joe Mauer (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday.

The next step is taking live batting practice, though that hasn't been scheduled yet. Mauer has been swinging a bat for a few days now and hasn't had any setbacks, which is obviously a good sign. A return sometime next week would seem to be doable.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

Joe Mauer (oblique) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

It's a nice step after he took dry swings over the weekend, but a clear timetable for his return won't be known until he faces live pitching. Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 1 Month

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 1 Month

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.