28-year old lefty swinging catcher Joe Mauer and 26-year old switch-hitting shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka are back healthy for the Twins and ready for action. Mauer has played in 9 games for the Twins this year and he is 8 for 34 (.235 avg, .554 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. Mauer played in 7 games in A-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 6 for 23 (.261 avg, .849 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. He only whiffed 1 time on his rehab assignment. Catcher has been a black hole offensively for the Twins this year so they have to be giddy about getting Mauer back in the lineup.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka is moving over to SS with Alexi Casilla moving to 2B. Nishioka has played in 7 games for the Twins so far this year and he is 6 for 28 (.214 avg, .517 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 7 games in A+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 8 for 24 (.333 avg, .865 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
The Twins hope that Mauer and Nishioka add some spice to the batting order as the Twins have had a hard time scoring runs this year.