Mauer To Return Friday; Nishioka Today
Twins' catcher Joe Mauer is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Friday and start against the San Diego Padres at catcher. Mauer completed his rehab assignment at Class A Fort Myers Wednesday after facing live pitching against teammate Joe Nathan. Mauer has been out of the lineup since April 12 because of leg weakness. Shortstop/2nd baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka was activated from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday night before the game but did not play. Nishioka has played just 6 games for the Twins this season before suffering a broken leg. Nishioka is expected to be the regular shortstop for the Twins starting today against Chicago. Alexi Casilla will likely take over as the regular 2nd baseman.