Joe Mauer sprayed balls all over PNC Park before Wednesday's game and jogged around the bases without a limp. But he's still on pinch-hit-only status.

The Twins haven't said for sure, but with only one game left in the series, Mauer might not start again until a weekend series against Cincinnati at Great American Ballpark.

All they will say is that Mauer, who suffered a bruised thigh on Sunday, is day-to-day.

"Mauer is still a little sore today," manager Ron Gardenhire said, "but better."

Without Mauer in the lineup Tuesday, the Twins lost 7-2 to the Pirates before winning 2-1 without him Wednesday.