The Twins have set an internal target date for Mauer to return to the Twins lineup. They will not reveal the date to the public but I believe this is still a positive sign that he plans to return in the near future. The fact that they have revealed this information also tells us that Mauer has been feeling better while working out in Fort Myers and DHing in minor league games.  The next positive news to keep your eye on is when he begins to crouch and catch a bullpen session or play the catcher position for a minor league game.  Until then, we still can’t speculate how close he is to returning.