On Sunday, MLB.com reported that Joe Mauer was unlikely to return for the season. While he had been progressing, Terry Ryan didn't sound like he was in any rush to get his catcher back into the field.
Ryan said Mauer has been progressing enough that he may get outside to begin light baseball activities sooner rather than later. There's very little chance of him returning to the lineup this season.
"He's been symptom-free the last couple of days," Ryan said. "Unfortunately we are running out of schedule. If he takes batting practice, fine. If not, so be it."
Ryan hopes the rehab can progress to the point Mauer can begin to prepare for Spring Training as he would normally.