Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is now batting .386 after back-to-back four-hit performances against the Los Angeles Angels.
The former AL batting champion is healthy and Mauer is back to being Mauer.
The Twins defeated the Angels 8-6 on Tuesday night, with help from Mauer’s three RBIs on four hits. Mauer also had three RBIs on four hits, including a homerun, in the first of the three-game set.
While it can be argued that Mauer actually returned to his old self last season, the team was very cautious in how he was played in 2012, starting him at first base and designated hitter on many occasions to keep his legs healthy. Mauer was still recovering from various ailments that plagued the 2011 season.
Mauer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the 2010 season and struggled to get healthy. He was diagnosed with what was termed “bilateral leg weakness,” and missed several games that season. There were concerns as to whether Mauer should continue to play at catcher, a position that is tough on the legs and lower back.
Playing time at catcher is hardly an issue for Mauer early on this season. His resurgence this season in the batters box and from behind the plate is very encouraging.
** Unnecessary but obligatory disclaimer: “Bilateral leg health” is not a real condition.