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Twin's star may need offseason surgery

It has been a disappointing year for the Twins and Joe Mauer, the teams all-star catcher, may have more bad news.

Saturday Mauer told the press that he may need offseason surgery to repair a hernia. He said it is a condition that has been bothering him for close to half the year. More tests will be done to be certain if the surgery is needed. Mauer has struggled this year and is hitting only .287 after winning the AL batting title in 2006.

Mauer has been called injury prone in his still young big league career, and this year didn't do much to change peoples' minds. He missed a week early in Spring Training with a stress reaction in his left leg, and in may he a missed a month with a strained left quadriceps. The in late August he injured his left hamstring and missed another 13 games. The Twins struggled during his absences.

Many people believe that Mauer should move to a physically less demanding position, and it will be interesting to see what happens during the offseason.

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