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.

Twins reinstate Nathan, send down Hoey

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 23, 2011 - 6:29 PM

The Twins will activate reliever Joe Nathan from the 15-day disabled list in time for Friday's game against the Brewers. Nathan has been out since May 24 with a flexor muscle strain. He worked out in Fort Myers, Fla., then was sent to Class AAA Rochester, where he gave up an unearned run over two appearances totaling three innings.

To make room, the Twins will option righthander Jim Hoey to Class AAA Rochester.

The Twins were expected to send down a catcher to make room for the return of Jim Thome, but they have decided to wait a day to make sure Thome is ready to play after recovering from a sore back and quadriceps. They could also still be debating the move.

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