The Twins have seven games remaining in the season, and ultimately, the medical staff and front office determined that Mauer wouldn't be ready in that time frame.
"He's making steady progress, and there are a lot of favorable things going on," Ryan said. "But with the calendar and schedule and so forth about ready to run out, it's unrealistic for us to think we're going to get him on the field this year. So ultimately, just so everyone knows, we're going to work toward the 2014 season."
As Ryan goes on to say, Mauer hasn't experienced any setbacks recently and all signs are pointing in the right direction.
In a season with nothing to gain, there was little use in pressing Mauer through ever more intense workouts in order to get him back into the lineup. At best maybe he would have been able to play for a game or two. At worst, the increased work load brings on his concussion symptoms once again and the situation becomes that much worse. Mauer's personal health far outweigh any short term positives for the team.
In his place, Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer will continue to get the reps at catcher. Pinto should get four or five starts in the season's final six games. It's invaluable experience for the guy who has more or less locked in his place as Minnesota's backup catcher for next year.
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