The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have reinstated catcher Joe Mauer from the 15-day disabled list. He is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Twins open a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals.
Mauer was placed on the DL with inflammation of the right sacroiliac joint on April 2 (retroactive to March 27). He appeared in five games as part of a rehab assignment with Single-A Ft. Myers, batting .400 (6-for-15) with two walks, two doubles, four rbi, two run scored and a .444 on-base percentage.
The catcher hit .328 last year to win his second American League batting title and also won his first Gold Glove.
Mauer is a career .289 hitter versus the Royals and is also 5-for-15 in his career versus Sidney Ponson, tonight's slated starter for Kansas City.
To make room for Mauer on the 25-man roster, the Twins have assigned right-handed pitcher Juan Morillo outright to Triple-A Rochester. Morillo was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies on April 17 and made three appearances for the Twins.