8/24/2013 7:05 P.M. ET
Herrmann picking up slack in Mauer's absence
By Mark Emery / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- With the Twins not receiving Joe Mauer's usual output due to injury, Chris Herrmann is doing his best to carry the load.
Herrmann and Ryan Doumit are sharing the catching duties while Mauer recovers from a concussion. Herrmann has knocked two doubles in each of the last two games before Saturday. Over his last four contests, Herrmann is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with three RBIs.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has noticed a level of fearlessness in his 25-year-old.
"Whether that's by design or just he's still learning and doesn't know any better, I don't know," Gardenhire said. "Those are all the things you have to find out from a young player, whether his veins are ice cool or he's just not really sure about too much, so he just goes about his business."
In 35 games this season, Herrmann is batting .242/.333/.411 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. In 16 contests behind the plate, he has thrown out two of five runners on stolen-base attempts. Herrmann has also spent time at the corner outfield positions, with one game as the designated hitter.
"Right now, he's been a good role player," Gardenhire said. "[He] plays multiple positions. Third catcher, whatever you want to call it. Right now, second or first catcher. [He's] valuable, because he can do so many things for us right now."
The Twins drafted Herrmann in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He played in five games for them last year and began the 2013 season at Triple-A Rochester. He was most recently recalled on July 16.
Gardenhire is hesitant to saddle a player with so little experience at the Major League level with certain expectations.
"It's just way too early to start trying to decide what this guy can and can't do," Gardenhire said. "You've just got to let him play."
Mauer hopes to return after Royals series next week
CLEVELAND -- In all likelihood, Twins catcher Joe Mauer will not be ready to come off the disabled list during the club's brief homestand next week.
Mauer, who went on the seven-day DL with concussion-like symptoms last Tuesday, has been instructed by doctors at the Mayo Clinic -- who have been in communication with team doctors -- to rest for several days. Mauer will head to Target Field and regroup with the team next Tuesday, when Minnesota hosts the first of three games against Kansas City.
"I think Joe wants to be a little more conservative," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said on Saturday. "If he doesn't do anything for a few days, it increases the chance that there aren't any symptoms when he does start up again."
So far, Mauer hasn't displayed any signs that his injury is unusual. If that continues, he could rejoin the team at some point in Texas. After the Royals series in Minnesota concludes next Thursday, the Twins visit the Rangers and Astros.
Mauer last played on Monday against the Mets. Antony said he would need a Minor League rehab only if he's out for a couple weeks or longer, and his swing or some other part of his game feels off.
"It's all going to depend," Antony said, "but we're always going to err on the side of caution and take our time with any player, unless every doctor signs off, he takes the test and everything is good and the player says: 'I'm comfortable. I'm ready to go.' Then, he goes back in."
Through 113 games, Mauer is hitting .324/.404/.476 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs.
"Just because he's off the list, he has to be cleared," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And if he's still feeling it, then they won't clear him. So, really, it's not up to us at all. It's up to the doctors. It's in somebody else's hands, when they say he can. And then you still have to go to the player and see how he feels."
After clean MRI, Arcia returns to Twins' lineup
CLEVELAND -- The sore left wrist that has kept Oswaldo Arcia off the field since Monday has healed to the point where Minnesota feels comfortable playing him.
Arcia started for the Twins in Saturday night's game against the Indians, playing left field and hitting sixth in the order. He underwent an MRI early Friday and was later diagnosed with a bone bruise, which occurred when he dove for a ball last week.
"His MRI came out great," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He did good, and he's ready to play. He's excited. As long as we know it's a bruise, we're OK with that. Yeah, [it's] fun to get him back out there. [We'll] see what happens."
Arcia has appeared in 76 games for the Twins this season. He's batting .257/.313/.438 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. He has played 47 games in left field, 20 games in right field and seven games at designated hitter.
Gardenhire did not seem to think that the four games off will affect Arcia's rhythm too much.
"He should be OK," Gardenhire said. "This actually should be a refresher for him. He should come back strong. So, we'll see how he does. [It] depends on what pitch he's swinging at."
• The Twins entered Saturday with 24 doubles in their last seven games. With 240 two-baggers, Minnesota trails only Boston in the American League in that category. The club is on pace for 306 doubles, which would be the eighth-most in its history.
• Justin Morneau drew two walks in Friday's win, giving the Twins first baseman 501 free passes in his career. He is the eighth player in franchise history and 44th active player to reach the 500-walk milestone.
• After racking up 10 strikeouts on Friday, the Twins offense has been punched out 1,086 times this season, an amount that is already the third-highest total in team history. Minnesota is on pace for 1,385 strikeouts, which would shatter the record of 1,121.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.