Joe Mauer & Co. suffering from mighty mysterious ailments

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Keith Allison
Joe Mauer's got more issues than just a bum knee.
By now, you should know that the Twins' franchise player, Joe Mauer, is not yet recovered from his "bilateral leg weakness".

Many folks have asked me, "what's up with Mauer's legs"? I don't honestly know, except to say that a 6' 5" catcher is going to have leg problems throughout his career behind the plate.

No, what freaks me out is that Joe Mauer lost nearly 14 pounds from a viral infection.

I mean, in my world, if you lose 14 pounds because of a viral infection, you're in some serious shit.

Couple this with the fact that he's not alone: Justin Morneau and Delmon Young have both been hit with infectious bugs (flu in both cases), and it makes you wonder in what kind of hot zone does this team play?

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Keith Allison
Delmon's back, but he's suffered from consumption, er, flu as well.
The Twins are mum. I contacted the team in an effort to get to the bottom of these multiple contagions. Mike Herman, the Director of Baseball Communications, told me via e-mail that, "due to HIPPA laws, [I am] not able to talk about illness related specific players [sic]."

This makes sense to me. Mr. Herman acknowledged that, to a degree, on-field injuries are fair game. But, honestly, if one of the Twins comes down with the flu, or, like Babe Ruth before them, a dose of the clap, it's no one's damn business but the player's.

Perhaps tomorrow I can shove my mic in Delmon's face and ask him how he got sick. But I doubt I'll do that.

Still, Mauer's viral infection is damn odd. Not like "what-is-he-hiding" odd, but more like "damn, how does a young kid like that lose 14 pounds from a virus?!?" odd.

Mauer's been fighting the virus for some time--at least a week. That, in turn, has resulted in our man not being able to do the strengthening exercises necessary for a prompt return from the bilateral leg weakness.

Let's just hope it's not worse. This ailment might have portended the virus, but it can also be a predecessor of West Nile Virus or Lou Gehrig's disease, among many others. Probably not, though.

Get well soon, Joe.

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bill.e.goat
bill.e.goat

Could this mystery illness have anything to do with the kidney surgery he had back in December of 08? A co-worker of mine had a very similar operation around the same time and he still suffers with kidney problems to this day...just speculation but as the Twins have been all hush, hush, what are we as fans to do?

guest
guest

come on...lou gehrigs disease??? isn't speculation like that a little extreme?

Summergirl
Summergirl

I had something very similar, if not the same, this winter. I was sick for three weeks and lost 12lbs. It's a really bad respiratory virus that mimics the flu and doesn't have a name.

DudeBro
DudeBro

Uhhhh I lost 10 pounds over 4 days in which I shat my guts out nearly non-stop. 14 seems reasonable. It will come back to him real fast.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

THE CURSE OF THE TREES!!!!!!!!!

PUT THEM BACK! RETURN THE TREES TO THEIR HONORABLE PLACE IN TARGET FIELD, AND ALL WILL BE HEALED!

Darwin
Darwin

YA takin out those trees sure worked well??????????????????

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