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Mauer likely out for rest of season

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins C Joe Mauer is likely to miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia.

Mauer received the diagnosis Thursday at the Mayo Clinic, and doctors recommended medication and two weeks' rest. The Twins have 14 games left before the season ends Sept. 28.

"He's really, really not happy about the situation," manager Ron Gardenhire said before Friday's game against the Indians. "He wants to be out there. He wants to be here with the guys, so he's pretty upset."

Mauer developed an upper respiratory infection Sept. 2. He started medication, but the symptoms persisted, then Mauer developed a cough this week while with the team in Kansas City, prompting him to visit the Mayo Clinic.

The 2009 MVP has played just 82 games this season while dealing with various injuries.

Mauer's illness adds to the Twins' health issues.

1B Justin Morneau has been dealing with a reoccurrence of concussion symptoms and has caught a stomach bug, and 3B Danny Valencia had the flu and was scratched Friday.

Meanwhile, LHP Francisco Liriano, who has been out with a strained shoulder, was activated from the disabled list and available out of the bullpen.

Collins: Mets' problem execution, not effort

ATLANTA — Terry Collins softened his criticism of the Mets a day after saying his team "folded it up" in an ugly homestand.

The manager now says the problem is execution, not effort.

The Mets lost eight of nine in a homestand that ended with Thursday's 10-1 loss to the Nationals. Collins said Thursday that he was "disgusted" with how his team has been playing.

"The perception I have right now: We folded it up. And I won't stand for that," he said after being routed by the Nationals.

Asked Friday if his outburst was planned as a motivational tool, Collins said, "No, it was spontaneous. They have to know that I care. They need to know that I care how the game is played."

Collins wants his players to "suck it up, get ready, get to the park" and compete despite being a distant fourth in the NL East.

A-Rod still out: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez sat against the Blue Jays and has now missed six straight games. Rodriguez hasn't played since Sept. 9 because of a sprained left thumb, an injury that has hindered him since Aug. 21, but he is expected to return to the lineup today.

Meanwhile, C Francisco Cervelli is still bothered by concussionlike symptoms stemming from a collision at home plate with Nick Markakis in a loss Sept. 8 at Baltimore. Cervelli saw a neurologist Friday and will have more tests next week.

Blue Jays: LHP Brett Cecil was scratched from his start against the Yankees and listed as day to day after cutting his left index finger while cleaning a blender.

Dodgers: Closer Jonathan Broxton, out since May with a bruised elbow, will have arthroscopic surgery Monday to reduce a spur on his right elbow and remove loose chips. LF Tony Gwynn Jr. (left shoulder) will be out a few days. … In a 37-page motion filed in Wilmington, Del., U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross was asked to approve procedures for the team to auction its local TV rights for the 2014 season and beyond. Baseball and others have until Sept. 30 to file objections, and a hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Indians: OF Shin-Soo Choo will miss the rest of the season after aggravating a left rib cage injury Thursday.

Phillies: 1B Ryan Howard wasn't in the starting lineup against the Cardinals because of a left ankle injury and might get a cortisone shot but is waiting until it gets closer to postseason.

Rockies: INF Hector Gomez was recalled from Double-A Tulsa.

Mauer likely out for rest of season 09/17/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:18am]

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