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.

Evening update: Zumaya, Casilla, Perkins, Gardy

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 27, 2012 - 5:12 PM

The wait is on for Joel Zumaya, who is pondering his future. The reliever is facing a sixth surgery on his right arm and he might decide that he's tired of rehabilitation stints and announces his retirement.

He might realize that, at 27, there's a chance he could return become a force in the bullpen again.

He said he needs to talk with his family - I'm sure his agent will be involved too - and determine a plan of action.

This is why the Twins only guaranteed $400,000 to Zumaya. If he had broken camp with the team he would have earned $850,000 - plus whatever incentives he could earn. He talked about becoming a pro fisherman, but where else can he make the money he can make as a baseball player?

I laughed at some of the comments below yesterday's story, In a sports world in which athletes can make $25-30 million a year, $400,000 is nothing, Kudos to the Twins for signing the low-risk deal, They took a shot at landing an elite reliever and it didn't work out, The Twins would rather have Zumaya healthy and pay him $850K than have this happen, but they will move on;

The Twins went over rundowns and relays today. Alexi Casilla's relay throws were on the money Monday.

Watched Glen Perkins throw batting practice Denard Span, Ben Revere and Josh Willingham. Willingham got hold of a slider for a home run, but Perkins looked good, other than that.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire should announce his pitching plans for the first few spring training games tomorroww.


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