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What's next for Joe Mauer?

Joe Mauer is expected to miss the rest of the season with a mild case of pneumonia. His injury plagued career has many fans wondering if he'll ever return to MVP form. Will Mauer have to permanently switch positions in order to have a productive, healthy career?
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Joe Mauer is expected to miss the rest of the season with a mild case of pneumonia. His injury plagued career has many fans wondering if he'll ever return to MVP form. Will Mauer have to permanently switch positions in order to have a productive, healthy career?

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