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.

Hughes' MRI checks out. Waiting for four more to report

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 22, 2012 - 8:41 AM

After taking a look at the MRI of Luke Hughes' right shoulder, noted specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum didn't find any red flags, just inflammation. So indications are that Hughes will receive a cortisone shot, rest a couple of  days then start some activities.

With the first full squad workout scheduled for Friday, the last thing Hughes wants is to be behind the other position players in camp. He has a good chance of making the team out of camp can't afford any setbacks.

Still no sign of Justin Morneau, Josh Willingham,. Oswaldo Arcia or Sean Burroughs. But, report day isn't until tomorrow.

``Four out of 66 is pretty good,'' Twins GM Terry Ryan said. ``Can't ask for much better than that, actually. There isn't concern about any of those guys. The only guy I have not talked to is Arcia, but I haven't been notified there are any problems, so we should be in pretty good shape.''

As I write this, Kyle Gibson, out for the year following Tommy John surgery, is leading a handful of minor leaguers on a run up and down the steps of Hammond Stadium.

And, since I started this mess a few weeks ago, check out the Scouting Book's ranking of the top Twins prospects.



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