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.

Tolbert up from Rochester, Casilla to DL, Hughes to be called up

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 28, 2011 - 8:36 PM

UPDATE: The right hamstring injury sustained by Alexi Casilla during Wednesday’s 7-2 victory at Texas is serious enough that the Twins second baseman is returning to the Twin Cities for treatment. Casilla, who has been a major part of the team’s rebound from a horrendous start, is likely headed to the disabled list.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Casilla will be out 2-3 weeks and will be placed on the 15-day DL after tonight's game. Luke Hughes will be called up from Rochester.

STILL ANOTHER UPDATE: Casilla has been placed on the 15-day DL and Luke Hughes will arrive here in time to travel to Oakland with the club.

Tolbert, Hughes and Trevor Plouffe will see time at second.

Casilla's strain is between Grade 1 and Grade 2.

For those of you upset that Plouffe isn't playing, remember that Gardy has never seen Plouffe at second. He's going to have to take a lot of grounders there. And remember how inexperienced he looked as an outfielder. Tolbert can field, and that's important.


As expected, Matt Tolbert has been called up from Class AAA Rochester and is starting at second base tonight. Lefthander Chuck James has been sent back to Rochester, so the Twins have 12 pitchers and a four-man bench again.

Who thought the Twins had a chance to win a four-game series here after Monday's 20-6 loss? With Scott Baker on the mound tonight, it's possible.

Jason Kubel is 6 for 13 in this series with a double and a homer.

Michael Cuddyer's 15 homers are one more than he had all of last season.

Back later with updates....

Twins (49-55)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Nishi, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Cuddy, 1B
5. KuBoom, RF
6. Jim Thome, DH
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Delmon Young, LF
9. Matt Tolbert, 2B

Pitching: Scott Baker, RHP

Rangers (59-46)

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, LF
4. Michael Young, DH
5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Mitch Moreland, 1B
7. Yorvit Torrealba, C
8. Chris Davis, 3B
9. Endy Chavez, CF

Pitching:  Matt Harrison, LHP


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