Manager Ron Gardenhire says Thursday that Mauer "took about 18 foul tips" over the previous two games. One went off his face mask that stung him pretty good, Gardenhire says.
Mauer is usually given the day off or is in the lineup as the designated hitter in day games after night games.
Gardenhire also says the team will wait until seeing second baseman Orlando Hudson work out on Friday in Philadelphia before making a decision on activating him from the disabled list. Hudson has been out with a sore left wrist.