MINNEAPOLIS — Just when Joe Mauer had restored his smooth swing, it brought more trouble by triggering his latest injury.
This frustrating season for the Twins' catcher-turned-first baseman worsened Wednesday, when Mauer woke up with more discomfort than he had the night before from a strained muscle on his right side and went on the 15-day disabled list.
"It's been a very trying year for me personally," Mauer said. "I get things going and something happens, but that's baseball. … This is another thing that I've got to work through, and hopefully it doesn't take too long and I get back out there soon."
Mauer was hurt swinging on his two-run double in the fourth inning Tuesday that stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. But prior to that surge, the six-time All-Star and three-time American League batting champion has been in his worst slump ever, his average dipping as low as .254 a couple of times last month.
"He's put in a lot of hard work here getting his swing where he wants it, and it's been falling in for him, he's been driving in runs, and now we have this," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You know what? It is part of the game when you play every day. You're going to have some of these things, and now we just have to let him heal."
REDS-ROCKIES TRADE: Colorado acquired RHP Jair Jurrjens from Cincinnati in exchange for minor-league 1B Harold Riggins.
BREWERS: OF Khris Davis sat out with a strained left shoulder but is expected to return to the lineup Friday.
PADRES: OF Seth Smith agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract extension. Smith, 31, is in the midst of career year, hitting .281 with a .384 on-base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage in 72 games.
PHILLIES: LHP Cliff Lee, out since mid May with a left elbow strain, was cleared to begin a rehab assignment at Class A Clearwater.
RANGERS: Jim Sundberg will retire from the front office after the season, 40 years after his big-league career began as a catcher with the club. Sundberg, 63, said he will step down as senior executive vice president but remain involved in community relations.