It was only a game of soft-toss in the infield, followed by fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees. But for the Twins and their injured first baseman, Joe Mauer’s light workout Saturday was an excellent sign.

“At least he’s [doing] baseball activity,” General Manager Terry Ryan said. “Let’s wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he’ll be able to swing pretty soon.”

That would be an even better sign, considering it has been nearly three weeks since Mauer strained an oblique muscle July 1. It’s an injury that sometimes can linger for six weeks or more, so the Twins are happy to see any progress.