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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer, the Minnesota Twins' heralded rookie catcher, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained left knee.



Mauer tore medial meniscus cartilage that will require surgery. The team set no timetable for his return, but the Star Tribune reported on its Web site that Mauer could miss at least three weeks.



Right-handed pitcher Seth Greisinger's contract was selected from Triple-A Rochester to fill Mauer's spot, and right-hander Michael Nakamura was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster.



Twins relievers logged 16 innings in their first two games, so they decided to add another pitcher to ease the burden on the bullpen in the season's first week.



The Twins are left with two catchers: veteran Henry Blanco, a career .219 hitter, and Matthew LeCroy, the team's primary designated hitter.



Mauer, the 20-year-old St. Paul native, was hurt sliding in an attempt to catch a foul ball behind the plate in the top of the third inning of Tuesday night's game against Cleveland. Mauer stayed in the game and left in the bottom of the inning.



He was being waved home by third base coach Al Newman on a single to right by Luis Rivas, when he stopped abruptly. A few pitches later, manager Ron Gardenhire and trainer Jim Kahmann came out to check on Mauer and took him out for Henry Blanco.



Mauer singled in his only at-bat Tuesday, giving him three hits and two walks in his first six plate appearances in the majors.


stinks for the twins

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