Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer might miss the entire four-game series in Seattle while he spends time with his family following the birth of twin daughters Wednesday.
The Twins said Thursday that it might make more sense for Mauer to wait for the team to return from its West Coast trip than to fly out for two games. Mauer currently is on the paternity list and can remain there for three days, so his first day back would be Saturday.
“We are fine with it either way,” said Rob Antony, the Twins’ assistant general manager.
Mauer hopped on a charter Tuesday for a late-night dash from Anaheim to the Twin Cities, arriving just in time to witness the birth of twin daughters Emily and Maren. The girls were born a month premature.
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“If he thinks he needs to stay, that’s a family thing,” Antony said. “Anyone with kids would understand what he’s dealing with.”
The paternity leave is only for three days. If a player remains away longer than that, he automatically is placed on the restricted list and is not paid for the extra days he misses. Mauer is making $23 million this season — or almost $142,000 per game.
SORIANO-TO-YANKEES ‘99 PERCENT DONE’
The Chicago Cubs pulled Alfonso Soriano from their lineup, and manager Dale Sveum said a trade to send the outfielder to the New York Yankees is about “99 percent done.”
Soriano is hitting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI. The seven-time All-Star made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1999.
New York is fourth in the American League East and desperate for power.
“He’s been there before and he’s performed in that atmosphere,” Sveum said.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter thinks he’ll be ready to play when eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday. He has played in one game this season. He returned from offseason surgery on his left ankle July 11 but strained his right quadriceps, putting him back on the disabled list. … The Athletics put ex-Mariners catcher John Jaso on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He took a ball off his mask Wednesday and complained of a headache. … Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow, also a former Mariner, has been shut down for six weeks with a nerve problem in his forearm. … Hall of Famer George Brett announced he was stepping down as the Royals’ interim hitting coach — a role he had held since May 30 — and returning to the team’s front office, where he’s served as vice president of baseball operations since retiring as a player following the 1993 season. … The Phillies put All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He hit his head on the ground diving for a ball Tuesday. … Marlins rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna will miss the rest of the season because of a left thumb injury.