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The wait on Mauer continues

With Mauer still out of the lineup with an inflamed lower back, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been asked to comment on his list of options.

According to The New York Times, Gardenhire has said to been looking an minor leaguers such as Jose Morales, Drew Butera and Wilson Ramos, but he really wasn't ready to discuss contingency plans.

"We have to see where Joe's at,'' Gardenhire said to the paper. "We are still waiting."

In an interview with MLB.com, Minnesota general manager Bill Smith said Sunday that he's received no update from the doctors on Mauer.

Mauer was diagnosed with inflammation in the right sacroiliac joint -- where the base of the spine meets the top of the pelvis -- by team doctors following a magnetic resonance arthrogram this week. He's been unable to take part in any team workouts this spring in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.