After a year battling with injuries and illnesses, Joe Mauer will miss the rest of the season while he battles a mild case of pneumonia. Doctors told Mauer that he will need two weeks of rest to recover from the illness and with only two weeks left of the season that means he will be unable to return. Mauer has had a controversial season after missing the first few months with what the team called “bilateral leg weakness.” In reality I believe he just wasn’t full strength after having knee surgery in the offseason. Mauer was unable to do any offseason workouts in preparation for the season and could not get up to full strength by the time spring training arrived. I wish the team would have just admitted he was rushed back and that he needed to build up his strength before he returned. Now that Mauer is done for the season it is time for him to rest up for a few weeks to get healthy and start fresh this offseason. Mauer was only able to play in 82 of the 162 games this season and most of those games he didn’t even play int he catcher position. With a full offseason of strength training for his legs and working out to get his body back in baseball shape he should be able to come back full strength next season and get back to his batting championship and MVP days.

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