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.

Cuddyer hopes to miss just one game with a sore hip

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 24, 2011 - 6:29 PM

Michael Cuddyer's sore hip is much better and he wanted to play today but manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't want to send him back out too soon. So Cuddyer will wait one more day. ``After talking to Gardy, this is the best thing to do,'' Cuddyer said.

Jose Mijares, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow, threw in the bullpen today and said he feels good. He'll throw in the bullpen tomorrow. He's not sure if he'll have to head out for a rehab assignment yet.

Nice nugget by the Twins' baseball communications department; Jim Thome is fifth all-time in homers by left-handed hitters off left-handed pitchers. The list: 1. Barry Bonds, 227. 2. Junior Griffey, 186. 3. Raffy Palmeiro, 160. 4. Crime Dog, 126). Thome. 113.

Will have more after Gardy's presser!

UPDATES:  Joe Mauer is going to DH in an extended spring training game tomorrow, and there's a chance he could start catching in those extended games sometime next week. His shoulder is regaining strength and he's working on catching drills.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka is getting close. He will try sliding drills on Thursday and, if that goes well, he'll play in an extended game the next day.  Paul Molitor is in Fort Myers to work with Nishioka.

Correction on Mijares: He threw lightly off a mound today but will go through a full bullpen session tomorrow. And he'll probably head  out on a rehab assignment at the end of the week.

Both Matt Capps and Joe Nathan are unavailable tonight. It will be interesting to see who will get the call to close if needed.

Kevin Slowey will be checked out tomorrow for a possible hernia. So any move to Class AAA Rochester is on hold for awhile. An abdominal strain has been ruled out.

  
Mariners (23-24)

51  Ichiro Suzuki (L)    RF
 9  Chone Figgins (S)    3B
17  Justin Smoak (S)     1B
29  Jack Cust (L)        DH
30  Miguel Olivo          C
 4  Adam Kennedy         2B
 8  Carlos Peguero (L)   LF
26  Brendan Ryan         SS
55  Michael Saunders   CF

58  Doug Fister         RHP

Twins (15-31)
 2  Denard Span          CF
20  Matt Tolbert         SS
16  Jason Kubel          RF
33  Justin Morneau       1B
25  Jim Thome            DH
21  Delmon Young         LF
19  Danny Valencia       3B
32  Rene Rivera           C
12  Alexi Casilla        2B

53  Nick Blackburn      RHP

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