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Twins' Mauer moving to first base

The Sports Xchange

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that All-Star catcher Joe Mauer will transition to first base beginning next season.

Mauer, who has sustained concussions and other injuries during his career, is making the move to decrease chances of future injuries. The Twins said they and Mauer made the decision after consulting with doctors from Mayo Clinic and team doctors.

Mauer, an American League Silver Slugger this year, batted .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 113 games. He sustained a concussion on a foul tip off his mask on Aug. 19. He was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Aug. 20 and did not return for the rest of the season.

Mauer is symptom free from the concussion, according to the team, and began his offseason workouts without restrictions.

In 56 major-league games at first base, Mauer has committed four errors in 536 chances for a .993 fielding percentage.

He has caught 920 games and earned three Gold Glove Awards (2008-10). He was named American League MVP while winning his third batting title in 2009 and is a six-time All-Star.