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.

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


Buffalo 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12:00 PM
Dallas 12:00 PM
Indianapolis 12:00 PM
Jacksonville 12:00 PM
San Diego 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12:00 PM
Chicago 12:00 PM
Philadelphia 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 3:25 PM
Detroit 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 3:25 PM
Arizona 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 3:25 PM
Cincinnati 7:30 PM
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
Toronto 110 FINAL
LA Clippers 98
Boston 88 FINAL
Washington 101
Orlando 102 FINAL
Charlotte 94
Memphis 103 FINAL
Miami 95
Indiana 110 FINAL
Brooklyn 85
New Orleans 100 FINAL
Chicago 107
Atlanta 90 FINAL
Milwaukee 85
Philadelphia 71 FINAL
Utah 88
New York 129 FINAL
Sacramento 135
Minnesota 97 FINAL
Golden State 110
NY Islanders 3 FINAL(SO)
Buffalo 4
Detroit 3 FINAL(OT)
Ottawa 2
Carolina 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 2
New Jersey 1 FINAL
NY Rangers 3
Boston 2 FINAL
Columbus 6
Winnipeg 4 FINAL(OT)
Minnesota 3
Washington 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
Dallas 4 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Nashville 4
Anaheim 1 FINAL(SO)
Arizona 2
Chicago 5 FINAL
Colorado 2
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Calgary 4
San Jose 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 3
Indiana 87 FINAL
Georgetown 91
Maine 43 FINAL
Seton Hall 72
UNC-Wilmington 82 FINAL
Minnesota 108
Georgia State 61 FINAL
Green Bay 78
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Kentucky 58 FINAL
Louisville 50
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Mercer 77 FINAL
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San Francisco 77 FINAL
Pacific 71
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Brescia 42 FINAL
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Kennesaw St 45 FINAL
Illinois 93
Colorado State 58 FINAL
New Mexico St 57
Portland 61 FINAL
San Diego 58
Wayland Baptist 63 FINAL
Utah State 75
Bristol University 59 FINAL
Weber State 109
Sacramento St 74 FINAL
Utah Valley U 49
Southern Utah 45 FINAL
SD Christian 50 FINAL
San Diego St 72
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 34 FINAL
UCF 27
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
(2) Connecticut 96
Houston 50
Gonzaga 78
Pacific 92 FINAL
San Francisco 54
St Marys-CA 62 FINAL
Santa Clara 61
San Diego 87 FINAL
Portland 65
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