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Twins place Joe Mauer on disabled list

Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) hits a two run home run during the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins placed standout first baseman Joe Mauer on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Friday.

Mauer has missed the past two games and was diagnosed with a lumbar strain in his lower back. The move was made retroactive to Wednesday.

With the All-Star break upcoming, the club is hopeful Mauer will be ready to return when play resumes.

The six-time All-Star is batting .286 with five homers and 34 RBIs this season.

First baseman Kennys Vargas was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to fill the roster opening. Vargas is batting .231 with seven homers in 44 games for the Twins this season.

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