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.

Nathan headed to disabled list

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 28, 2011 - 3:43 PM

The Twins have decided to place reliever Joe Nathan on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right elbow.

There no word on who the Twins will add to the roster to replace him.

Nathan has been struggling to pinpoint his fastball recently and the soreness in his elbow has been worse than normal day-after soreness. The hope is that taking a couple of weeks off will allow the inflammation to work its way out.

The bigger goal is to get Nathan in position to finish the season strong. Although Tommy John club members can return to action with 12 to 18 months following surgery, many need more time to regain sharpness and velocity.

So the Twins and Nathan feel that, by taking this step, he'll be in position to improve during the second half of the season and resemble the dominant reliever he was before the surgery.

The Twins are taking the field for warmups - but the tarp is being pulled onto the field. The players are tossing the ball around the outfield, but rain is coming.


Angels (27-26)

1. Macier Izturis, 2B
2. Erick Aybar, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, DH
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
6. Russell Branyan, 1B
7. Peter Bourjos, CF
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Reggie Willits,LF

Twins (16-33)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Jason Kubel, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Trevor Plouffe, SS

Anthony Swarzak, RHP


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