Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Joe Mauer (concussion) took live batting practice Saturday.

"It was good to get out there," Mauer said. "Everything went well today." It was the first time Mauer faced live pitching since August 19, when he sustained a concussion after taking multiple foul tips in the facemask. The injury derailed his season and forced him to move from catcher to first base this offseason. Now symptom-free and at a less volatile position, the 30-year-old is a good bet to post a strong season at the plate in 2014.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 3 Months

Joe Mauer (concussion) hasn't taken any swings in the cage this offseason.

"It varies every year," Mauer said of his winter routine. "This year I wanted to start off the year making sure I got over this concussion and took the time. It's going pretty good heading into the year." Mauer has been symptom-free since late October. "I'll get to camp, and I think we'll have plenty of time to get ready for the season," he said. Mauer will shift to first base full-time in 2014, a move that will ensure more at-bats but less position scarcity for fantasy owners.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 5 Months

Joe Mauer is moving to first base in 2014.

Mauer suffered a nasty concussion in August 2013 and the Twins want to lessen the odds of him getting another. Mauer's real-life value will take a hit with this move -- his bat doesn't look nearly as great at first base -- but it's a decision that makes loads of sense nonetheless. Mauer is locked in with the Twins through 2018. They need to protect him. He will retain catcher eligibility in most fantasy formats for the 2014 season.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 6 Months

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that Joe Mauer (concussion) is now symptom-free.

Excellent news. Mauer suffered a concussion in late August and was unable to make it back before the end of the season, but the time off has proved beneficial. The Twins still consider Mauer to be their starting catcher, though it's still possible he'll be moved to another position.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 7 Months

Twins general manager Terry Ryan announced Monday that Joe Mauer (concussion) will be shut down for the rest of the season.

Mauer has simply failed to make significant progress since his concussion last month, so the Twins want to turn the focus on getting him healthy for 2014. The 30-year-old will finish the season with a .324/.404/.476 batting line to go along with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 113 games. As of now, the Twins anticipate him being their catcher next season.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 7 Months

Joe Mauer (concussion) had a positive workout at Target Field Thursday.

"Mauer had a decent day at our stadium and went through some cardio work," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "So some positive news on that. Slowly but surely he's getting better, and today was one of the better days. He'll be back at the stadium [Friday]." The Twins remain hopeful of getting Mauer back before the end of the season, but it's certainly not a given.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 7 Months

Joe Mauer (concussion) will resume workouts on Wednesday at Target Field.

Mauer was told to stay home Monday and Tuesday by head trainer Dave Pruemer, though it doesn't appear to be because he had a setback. There's still no timetable for his return, though the Twins remain hopeful that he can make it back before the end of the season.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 7 Months

Joe Mauer (concussion) will not leave with the Twins on Sunday for their road trip.

He could still join them at some point during the trip. Mauer has shown improvement with his post-concussion symptoms recently and the club remains hopeful that he'll return before the end of the season.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 7 Months

Joe Mauer (concussion) could rejoin the Twins on their upcoming road trip to Chicago and Oakland, even if he doesn't travel with the team initially.

Twins GM Terry Ryan said that if Mauer feels better during the week, that he could join the team while the trip is in progress. He's likely to only play a few games down the stretch even if he does return, so his remaining impact in fantasy leagues will be minimal.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 7 Months

Joe Mauer (concussion) continued to show improvement on Friday.

Twins GM Terry Ryan wouldn't rule out the chance that Mauer could rejoin the Twins for their upcoming road trip. Even if he does return though, he figures to be used sparsely down the stretch, muting his contributions in most mixed leagues.