9/23/2013 7:55 P.M. ET
Gardy not thinking about milestone 1,000th win
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Manager Ron Gardenhire enters the seven-game homestand against the Tigers and Indians just three wins short of 1,000 for his career, but he's not focused on that with the way his club is playing.
Minnesota went just 1-6 on its road trip through Chicago and Oakland, and has won just three of its previous 17 games. So Gardenhire is more worried about his team's struggles than getting three more wins this year.
"I'm thinking about one win right now," Gardenhire said with a laugh. "I really am. It's been so far out of the thought process for me. I know my family was talking about it. My wife talked about maybe flying to San Francisco [for the A's series] in case I did it there, but she didn't need to go there, so that wasn't good. So really, it's out of my thought process."
But Twins players know how close Gardenhire is to the milestone, and their goal is to try to get him No. 1,000 before next season, as his contract is set to expire and his future with the club remains up in the air.
"I think everyone in this clubhouse wants to get him to that by Sunday," closer Glen Perkins said. "But I don't think that has any bearing on what happens this winter, and it shouldn't. But it's still our goal to get him that before the season ends."
If Gardenhire accomplishes the feat with the Twins, he'll become only the eighth manager since 1961 to win his first 1,000 games with the same franchise, among them former Twins skipper Tom Kelly, whom Gardenhire replaced in 2002.
That fact is not lost on general manager Terry Ryan.
"To win 1,000 games, when that time comes, that's a pretty good accomplishment in any sport," Ryan said "That's tough to do. Credit where credit is due. That's quite a feat."
Campaign comes to a close for Mauer
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer's season has come to an end.
General manager Terry Ryan announced on Monday that Mauer, who has been out since Aug. 19 with a concussion sustained on a foul tip while catching, will not play again in 2013.
Ryan said that after talking with the team doctors, trainers and Mauer, it was decided the best course of action is to shut down Mauer for the final week of the season and focus on getting him healthy for 2014.
"With the calendar and the schedule and so forth about to run out, it's unrealistic for us to think we're going to get him on the field this year," Ryan said. "Ultimately, we're going to work toward the 2014 season. There are no setbacks. There are no red flags here. But on the advice received from medical people, the best thing was to have Mauer get healthy as soon as possible and be ready for next year."
Mauer is expected to continue working out at Target Field this week and will have a normal offseason, as the team is hopeful that his concussion-like symptoms will be gone soon. Ryan will meet with Mauer to discuss how much he'll catch next season, but Mauer said that the goal remains to stick behind the plate.
"I have every intention to come back and catch," Mauer said. "That's what I do. Right now I have to take care of this situation so that I can, but I look forward to getting back on the field next year as a catcher."
Mauer finishes the season with a .324/.404/.476 slash line, with 11 homers, 35 doubles and 47 RBIs in 113 games. And although he was an All-Star for the sixth time in his career, he admits that it's frustrating to see his season end the way it did.
"It's disappointing," he said. "I've spent a lot of time trying to get back out on the field. We gave it a good go, but I wasn't able to get back out there."
Arcia a late scratch after BP mishap
MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was a late scratch on Monday after bruising his right knee during batting practice.
Arcia, who was slated to start in left field and bat cleanup in the opener against the Tigers, hurt the knee when he ran into a wall.
Clete Thomas replaced Arcia in left field and batted seventh. Josh Willingham was moved up to bat cleanup.
Arcia, 22, is coming off a career-high six RBIs against the A's on Sunday, and is hitting .254/.308/.436 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs in 95 games.
Saturday's game vs. Tribe moved up to 12:05 p.m. CT
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' game against the Indians on Saturday was moved from a 3:10 p.m. CT start to a 12:05 p.m. CT start to accommodate FOX's TV schedule.
FOX is set to air the game as one of its split national broadcasts, as the Indians remain in the thick of the American League Wild Card chase.
Saturday is the second-to-last game of the year for the Twins, who finish the season with a 1:10 p.m. CT start against the Indians on Sunday.
The Twins are also set to celebrate Fan Appreciation Weekend with a variety of in-game giveaways and experiences for fans during the three-game set against the Indians.