MILWAUKEE – Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was in the clubhouse in the seventh inning on Monday — the Miller Park visitors’ clubhouse is just a few steps from the dugout — talking strategy with starter Kevin Correia.
He was able to look up at a television when Joe Mauer hit a long drive to left field that was initially ruled a double.
“I just sprinted right out of the clubhouse,” Gardenhire said. “I had to push a couple guys out of the way to get to the field.”
Gardenhire ran up to umpire Angel Hernandez — yes, that Angel Hernandez.
Hernandez was the chief of the umpiring crew May 8 that ruled Oakland’s Adam Rosales did not hit a home run in Cleveland when replays showed he did. The crew looked at replays that Hernandez claimed were inconclusive. Since then, the league has said it is considering a sweeping expansion of instant replay.
There they were Monday reviewing another home run. The ball, based on replays, hit the railing above the wall and easily was a home run.
“It’s pretty clear. They just have to look at it,” FSN analyst Roy Smalley said during the broadcast.
The umpires quickly returned to the field and awarded Mauer his fourth home run of the season. It was his second homer in three days — his homer Saturday at Detroit also needed to be confirmed by replay.
Uh, never mind
Wilkin Ramirez has realized that he needs to go on the seven-day concussion disabled list after all. What changed his mind?
Revisiting his dinner.
Ramirez became ill during the flight to Milwaukee on Sunday and still felt a little queasy Monday. After being frustrated a day before about landing on the DL, the outfielder understood why Monday.
“I guess the doctor was right,” Ramirez said. “I was in the air about 20 minutes when I start to throw up and feel weird. And now I don’t feel very good. I really have to apologize for what I said [Sunday]. That’s why he’s the doctor.”
Ramirez was worried he was put on the DL because he couldn’t recite the months of the year backwards. He went into Gardenhire’s office to protest.
Ramirez said he planned to apologize to Gardenhire. “Now everyone can move on from there,” Gardenhire said. “I got yelled at. Everyone got yelled at.”
Closer Glen Perkins, the team’s union representative, looked into the issue on Ramirez’s behalf and said several factors usually contribute to players being placed on the concussion DL.
Morneau needs to mash
Justin Morneau likes hitting in Miller Park and is a career .318 hitter in Milwaukee, but he has only one home run here. It was a memorable one, though: As a rookie on June 22, 2003, he crushed a 1-0 pitch from Mike DeJean off the massive scoreboard in center field. Brewers officials estimated it at 460 feet, but many in the pressbox that night believed the ball traveled farther.