Mauer pain-free after first spring swings
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One day after swinging a bat for the first time in nearly five months, Twins catcher Joe Mauer couldn't take the smile off his face.Not only had he been able to take 25 swings off a tee in the batting cage on Monday, his first activity with a bat since the Twins' 1-0 loss in Chicago on Sept. 30, but he did so without any discomfort in his torso.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.