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.

Kubel update: Tweaked his foot but still hopes to play on Friday

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 30, 2011 - 7:28 PM

Twins outfielder Jason Kubel on Thursday had to leave a minor league game when he tweaked his left foot, the same foot he bruised in late May that sent him to the disabled list.

Kubel, playing right field for Class A Fort Myers while on a rehabilitation assignment, said he twisted while going back on ball hit over his head during a game against Port St. Lucie.

``I knew I was going to have to play through a little pain,’’ Kubel said in a phone interview, ``but it was a little bit more than just a little. So I didn’t want to keep going like that.’’

There are no plans to shut him down or undergo a MRI exam. He intends to take fly balls early Friday and, if all is well, play tomorrow night.

``Just a little setback,’’ Kubel said.

Twins assistant General Manager Ron Antony was in attendance when Kubel left the game.

``He just got turned around and when he stepped on it, he felt it a little bit,’’ Antony said.

Kubel, batting .310 with 5 homers and 30 RBI, hasn’t played since May 30 and went on the 15-day disabled list June 2.

Righthander Kevin Slowey, recovering from an abdominal strain, started the first game and gave up two runs over 31/3 innings on three hits, including a home run. But he came out healthy and will fly to Rochester on Sunday.





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