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 medical report

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: October 11, 2010 - 5:31 PM

Twins first baseman Michael Cuddyer said he'll soon have surgery to clean out his right knee, which has been bothering him since the beginning of the season.

Cuddyer said he had little problem playing through the injury, but he did tail off to a .271 average, 14 homers and 81 RBI after going .276-32-94 in 2009.

Twins righthander Scott Baker will have another MRI on his right elbow this week. He said he's willing to do whatever the doctors recommend so he doesn't go through what he did this season, when he needed cortisone shots in July and September.

Danny Valencia will have his right elbow examined after playing with a little discomfort during the season but nothing appears to be seriously wrong.

Twins General Manager Bill Smith said that several Twins players are finishing up exit exams and there could be more players who will need rehab or surgery during the offseason.


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