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.

Postgame: Blackburn to have surgery. How will Span feel in the morning

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 27, 2011 - 11:12 PM

hat tip to Joe C:

Twins righthander Nick Blackburn will have surgery Friday to relieve pressure on a nerve in his right forearm muscle. The estimated recovery time is six to eight weeks.

Last October, Blackburn had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles from his right elbow. The rehab from this procedure will be a little more intensive, he said, since Dr. Thomas Varecka will be cutting into his forearm muscle. Still, Blackburn expects to be back at full strength by spring training.

“I’ll be ready for my throwing program [this winter], at the right time,” Blackburn said.


Twins outfielder Denard Span chased  after Johnny Giavotella's drive in the ninth inning. Span reached the warning track, the ball kicked off the heel of his glove and Span then smacked into the wall,

Giavotella ended up with a triple. Now the wait is on to make sure Span isn't seeing triple Wednesday morning.

``I'm a little shaken up, I'm not going to lie,'' said Span, who has battled a concussion and migraine symptoms for two months but returned to the lineup last week. ``I'm more ticked off that I missed the ball. That's a ball I want to catch.

``People have been asking me even when I came back if I was going to be thinking twice about running into walls and running into catchers. I'm going to play the game hard, that's all I can do, Unfortunately I  dropped the ball and 
I  ran into the wall.

Span said he hoped he wouldn't have to fight a wall until next season. He'll see how he feels tomorrow when he gets to the park. It's been good to see him out there and you hope he doesn't have any ill effects. Although he didn't want it to happen, this could be a big boost for him if he can play Wednesday.




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