La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins shorthanded today; Fuld on DL, Nunez called up

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 8, 2014 - 11:30 AM

UPDATE: The Twins have placed outfielder Sam Fuld on the 7-day concussion DL and have called up infielder Eduardo Nunez from Class AAA Rochester. Rochester is in Columbus so Nunez drove up for the game and is on the lineup card.

This is one big mess.

Ron Gardenhire came to the ballpark already down a one bench player in Joe Mauer. Things got worse from there.

Sam Fuld came to the ballpark with a massive headache and is undergoing tests for a concussion. They Twins are wondering if Fuld had some lingering effects from hitting the wall in Target Field last week.

Because Fuld is out, Eduardo Escobar, who made his first career start in the outfield on Wednesday, is now starting in center field.

Gardy also brought up the possibility of putting Mauer on the disabled list if he can't play, ``by Friday or Saturday.'' So......look for Mauer to land on the DL.

The Twins are trying to get someone up from Rochester during the game just to fill out the bench (Eduardo Nunez?). Good thing Rochester is in Columbus tonight. (They did, and he's here).

Just think. The Twins were ready to announce last night that Oswaldo Arcia was joining the team, but he reported soreness yesterday and probably need a couple days to work through it.

Just think. The Twins projected starting outfield of Josh Willingham, Aaron Hicks and Arcia have been together for three games. Three

Just think. The Twins have lost Alex Pressly and Darin Mastroianni on waivers and Jason Bartlett to retirement. Not many options.

Matt Guerrier is here, but the Twins have to make room on the 40-man roster for him (should be announced shortly). But they might have to make more room t add another position player. They could move Josh Willingham to the 60-day DL, but that's just one move.

Hicks, Gardenhire said, is coming off of the concussion DL tomorrow and is expected to join the team in Detroit. But that doesn't help the Twins today. I don't remember the last time I've covered a team with one bench player at the start of the game.

There are five players in the lineup today who were NOT in the Opening Day starting lineup.

What. A. Mess.

Twins (15-17)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, CF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Chris Colabello, 1B
Jason Kubel, LF
Kurt Suzuki, DH
Josmil Pinto, C
Chris Herrmann, RF
Danny Santana, SS

Kevin Correia, RHP

Indians (15-19)

Michael Bourn, CF
Nick Swisher, 1B
Michael Brantley, LF
Carlos Santana, C
David Murphy, RF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Ryan Raburn, DH
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
Mike Aviles, 2B

Justin Masterson, RHP


Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 3
Atlanta - LP: S. Marimon 5 FINAL
Toronto - WP: B. Cecil 6
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale 12 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 3
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 4 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2
Cincinnati - LP: H. Bailey 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez 5
San Diego - LP: C. Kimbrel 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: Z. Rosscup 7
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 4 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 6
Miami - LP: M. Latos 4 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 5
LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson 0 FINAL
Houston - WP: D. Keuchel 4
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0
Oakland - WP: J. Hahn 5 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura 0
Arizona - LP: R. De La Rosa 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: C. Heston 4
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 3 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 6
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 1 FINAL
Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez 3
Washington 93 FINAL
Toronto 86
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Golden State 106
Milwaukee 91 FINAL
Chicago 103
Dallas 108 FINAL
Houston 118
Minnesota 1 FINAL
St. Louis 4
Detroit 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
NY Rangers 3
Winnipeg 1 FINAL
Anaheim 2
Houston 1 FINAL
D.C. 1
Orlando City 0 FINAL
Columbus 3
Toronto FC 2 FINAL
FC Dallas 3
Seattle 3 FINAL
Colorado 1
Vancouver FC 1 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 0
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
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