Mauer lands on DL with strained oblique

Mauer ranks second among active players with a .3196 career batting average. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a strained right oblique.

Mauer left Tuesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals after sustaining the injury while hitting a double in the fourth inning. He was re-evaluated Wednesday morning and reportedly said it felt worse, making a disabled list stint necessary and leaving Mauer out at least through the All-Star break.

Mauer is in his first season as a full time first baseman after spending most of his first 10 seasons as a catcher. He is batting .271 with a .353 slugging percentage and two home runs in 76 games this season.

Chris Parmelee will likely see most of the work at first base while he is sidelined, and the Twins have called up first baseman Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester to replace Mauer on the active roster.