Mauer underwent a minor procedure on his left knee recently, but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
“This recent procedure was to help alleviate some irritation that was being caused by the plica band, which is a fold of tissue in the lining of the knee joint”, Smith said.
This inflammation caused Mauer to miss nine games toward the end of the 2010 season in late September so it had to be taken care of before the 2011 season.
Note to Mauer: Take care of yourself!! Don’t be turning into Brett Favre on us!! Here’s to a heathy and successful 2011 season!!