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Mauer maybe nearing his return to the Twins

Joe Mauer is expected to play at a intrasquad spring training game Sunday, in his first step to returning to the team, the Pioneer Press reported.

Mauer has not played a game all year after lower back problems forced the Twins to put him on the disabled list.

The Twins plan on giving Mauer about 50 at bats over the next week to test his health, the Pioneer Press said.

It was reported that if Mauer shows that he is healthy, he will be able to return to the team by May 1st.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/ci_12179253