Joe Mauer misses fourth straight

Updated: May 9, 2014, 1:01 AM ET
Associated Press

Joe Mauer
AP Photo/Craig LassigJoe Mauer has missed four straight games with lower-back spasms.

CLEVELAND -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer missed his fourth straight game Thursday with lower-back spasms, and manager Ron Gardenhire said the six-time All-Star could go on the disabled list.

Mauer played catch and hit off a batting tee Wednesday, but it's unclear when he'll be able to play.

The Twins played short-handed throughout their four-game series with the Cleveland Indians, and their lack of depth became a bigger problem when outfielder Sam Fuld was placed on the seven-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms before Thursday's 9-4 loss.

The injuries left infielder Pedro Florimon as Minnesota's only player on the bench when Thursday's game began. Infielder Eduardo Nunez was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Fuld's roster spot. Nunez was driving from Columbus, Ohio, where Rochester was playing, and was expected to arrive in Cleveland during the game.

Eduardo Escobar, normally a shortstop, had to play left field Wednesday. He misjudged a fly ball in the ninth inning that led to Cleveland scoring the winning run in a 4-3 loss. Escobar started in center Thursday and had another ball hit over his head that resulted in David Murphy's RBI double in the first inning.


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