Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 28 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 1 Month

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.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 2 Months

Joe Mauer went 2-for-5 with his first triple of the season Friday versus the Giants.

It was his first triple since 2012, when he had four of them. It was also just his seventh extra-base hit of 2014. The Twins don't necessarily need more power from him if he goes back to hitting his usual .320 with a .400 OBP, but he hasn't done that either this year.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 3 Months

Joe Mauer looked as if he didn't miss a beat in his return to the Twins lineup on Saturday, going 1-for-3 plus a walk in a losing effort against the Tigers.

Mauer had been sidelined since Sunday due to lower back spasms, but he appears to now be over the issue. While he served as the DH in this one, look for him to return to the field on Sunday.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 3 Months

Joe Mauer will return to the Twins starting lineup on Saturday, serving as the designated hitter against the Tigers.

Mauer has been sidelined since Sunday due to lower back spasms, but has seen much improvement in recent days. It's the type of injury that could linger and force him to miss a few games here and there, but it's a good sign that he didn't require a trip to the disabled list.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 3 Months

Joe Mauer (back) remained out of the Twins' lineup on Friday.

Mauer was slated to increase his activities on Friday, but Saturday was seen as the more likely day that he was return to action. The first baseman hasn't played since leaving Sunday's game with lower back spasms.

Joe Mauer C/1B/DH MIN 3 Months

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire believes that Joe Mauer (back) is more likely to return on Saturday than Friday.

Mauer is missing his fourth straight start Thursday due to back spasms, but he's hoping to return to action Friday. Gardenhire isn't nearly as optimistic, but the disabled list isn't a consideration at this point.