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Heel might keep Mauer out of lineup for a while

CLEVELAND — Twins C Joe Mauer could be out for an extended period with a bruised left heel, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told ESPN Radio.

Mauer sat out his second straight game Sunday against the Indians. Minnesota recalled C Wilson Ramos from Triple-A Rochester.

"Joe is really sore," manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday of the reigning AL MVP. "We're going to rest him until it is right. We don't want to risk things. If I play him, it will never heal. I have to protect Joe. He said it really hurt just to put his cleats on."

Rookie C Drew Butera played all 11 innings Saturday in a 5-4 loss to the Indians.

BOMB SCARE: Staying near Times Square, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was up until 3 a.m. watching the news.

The failed bomb attack happened two blocks from his hotel. Later that morning he was at Yankee Stadium and a bit shaken. "Things were kind of scary," Guillen said.

Bronx police monitored the more than 45,000 fans attending the game without adding to their typical force. "Our usual precautions are sufficient," police spokesman Paul Browne said.

A'S: RHP Justin Duchscherer is scheduled for an MRI exam today on his strained left hip. His start Tuesday against the Rangers is in question.

INDIANS: Closer Kerry Wood, on the DL with a strained muscle in his upper right back, is going to Double-A Akron on an injury rehab assignment.

MARINERS: OF Eric Byrnes was released two days after inexplicably pulling the bat back on a botched suicide squeeze that left Ichiro Suzuki stranded, then bolting the clubhouse on a bicycle, veering to avoid GM Jack Zduriencik. … LHP Erik Bedard, still on the mend from left shoulder surgery in August, felt good a day after throwing 55 pitches in the bullpen and might pitch in a simulated game soon.

ORIOLES: 2B Brian Roberts still is not ready to test the herniated disc in his back and might be months from returning from the disabled list.

PHILLIES: SS Jimmy Rollins still feels tightness in his strained right calf and expects to be out until the end of the month.

PIRATES: RF Garrett Jones rejoined the team after spending several hours in a hospital because of some food that got stuck in his throat.

RED SOX: 1B Kevin Youkilis was scratched with general soreness in his left groin.

ROYALS: 3B Alex Gordon was sent to Triple-A Omaha, and INF Mike Aviles was recalled from the Pacific Coast League club.

YANKEES: 3B Alex Rodriguez was scratched with pain behind his right knee.

Heel might keep Mauer out of lineup for a while 05/02/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 3, 2010 12:09am]
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