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.

Hoey on his way in; Mijares on his way out - to rehab

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 26, 2011 - 4:18 PM

Righthander Jim Hoey is on his way to the Twin Cities as a replacement for righthander Kevin Slowey, who was placed  on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with an abdominal strain.

Hoey was 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA in 10 games with the Twins earlier this season. After returning to Class AAA Rochester, Hoey made four cordless appearances, striking out eight over five innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. Jim Rantz, the Twins' director of minor leagues, said Hoey's split-fingered fastball is becoming a pretty good pitch to go with Hoey's fastball.

With Slowey injured and unable to handle a relief role, it will be up to Hoey to help a struggling bullpen.

Lefthander Jose Mijares, in the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow, will join Class A Fort Myers for a minor league rehabilitation stint.

UPDATE: The Twins have made those moves official.They also announced that Slowey will report to extended spring training to rehabilitate his abdominal strain.


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