- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer is injured _ and sick.

General manager Bill Smith said Friday before the Twins’ game at Tampa Bay that Mauer went to a hospital for evaluation and treatment Thursday night after “suffering from extreme flu-like symptoms.”

Smith said Mauer was sick during and after the 4-3, 10th-inning loss to the Rays. Mauer received fluids and antibiotics and was discharged back to the team’s hotel.

Mauer was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday because of leg weakness stemming from offseason arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The three-time AL batting champion and 2009 AL MVP is scheduled for a follow-up visit to a specialist in Baltimore. The doctor treated Mauer’s lower-back problem that put him on the DL for a month in 2009.

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