MINNEAPOLIS (CBS Sports/WCCO) -- The concussion Joe Mauer sustained in August 2013 effectively ended his career as a catcher, and since transitioning to first base the Minnesota Twins icon has been in diminished state with the bat.
As reported by CBS Sports and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the concussion from some two-and-a-half years ago is still haunting Mauer.
"There are times I've gone up to the plate and I just couldn't pick up the ball. That's part of the frustration because I'm trying to do everything I can to get back. It just takes time," he told the Pioneer Press.
Mauer's 2015 represented one of the worst offensive seasons of his career, but Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he's confident Mauer can be a .300 hitter again.
"I don't want to put limits on Joe Mauer, but I certainly think he can get in the .300s," Ryan said last October. "I'm looking more at some of those other numbers. His strikeouts were high. His walks were lower. On-base percentage was lower. I think he can do better than that."
Mauer is reportedly going to be wearing sunglasses at the plate during the 2016 season.
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