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.

Minor details: Benson to have knee surgery

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Twins Farm System, Twins prospects Updated: June 3, 2011 - 1:50 PM

Class AA New Britain outfielder Joe Benson will undergo left knee surgery on Monday in the Twin Cities to repair a slight meniscus tear. Benson reported clicking in the knee recently, and an MRI exam confirmed the tear. Twins head physician Dr. John Steubs will handle the surgery.

Jim Rantz, the Twins' director of minor leagues, hopes Benson can return to action in two-to-three weeks.

In 50 games, Benson is batting .294 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI. He also has 16 doubles, two triples and seven  stolen bases.

Cuban righthander Deinys Suarez  has officially been assigned to New Britain after getting into game shape at extended spring training. He'll pitch out of the bullpen for now.

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