Four major-leaguers are scheduled to do rehab stints in the Midwest League this week, including a former All-Star and a current rookie slugger.
The biggest name of the rehabbing major-leaguers is Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer, who is a six-time All-Star, three-time batting champion, and the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player. He began working out with the Cedar Rapids Kernels today and will start playing games with them Tuesday.
Mauer previously played in the Midwest League in 2002, when he hit .302 with 4 HR and 62 RBI in 110 games with the Quad City River Bandits. His MWL teammates included brother Jake Mauer, who now manages the Kernels.
Mauer has been sidelined since early July because of a strained oblique muscle.
Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco also will rehab with the Kernels, with plans for him to pitch Tuesday and Sunday. He has been sidelined since early July with a sore right elbow.
George Springer, a rookie outfielder for the Houston Astros, will begin a three-day rehab stint with the Quad Cities River Bandits today. The slugger has been sidelined with a left quad strain for the past two weeks.
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks began rehabbing with the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday. Coming back from lower back surgery, he is expected to play six games with the Whitecaps. He went 2-for-8 with three walks and a stolen base in the first three games.
Dirks also played three games with the Whitecaps in 2008, getting only one hit in 10 at-bats.