Joe Mauer was spotted in the workout room again Tuesday, and he told trainers his back is feeling better after suffering from spasms on Sunday. He’s still not moving well, but said that he’s improved.

How much improvement?

“I can put my shoes on,” he said with a snicker. “The last couple days have been pretty brutal. So I’m starting to move around a little better, which is good.”

Mauer appears to be at least a couple of days away from returning to action. He said he would like to get some swings in and see how he feels before he returns to action. He said his back began to bother him during batting practice Sunday and the discomfort increased until he had to take himself out of the game against Baltimore.

“I’m starting to feel little bit better,” he said. “It’s starting to release a little bit. If I come in [Wednesday] feeling good, I might be able to get out on the field and do some baseball stuff, which would be good.”

Mauer has been stretching, applying heat and having massages to try to get his back loose. He said he’s never had a back problem like the one he has now.

“He’s feeling better but still not ready,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “When I walked into the trainer’s room, he was still in the whirlpool and is doing all the treatment you’re supposed to do. Day-to-day, that’s basically where we are with this thing until it lightens up on him and he is able to go and do everything.”

The Twins’ upcoming roster move might have to be made with Mauer in mind, in case he needs a few more days to recover.