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.

Twins Camp Day 10: Some pre-workout notes

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Off the field Updated: February 28, 2012 - 8:32 AM

Today will be a good day to watch relievers at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Matt Maloney, Kyle Waldrop and Jason Bulger all are scheduled to throw batting practice. There's a good chance that one or two relievers from this group break camp with the team. With Brian Duensing in the bullpen there's less of a need to keep a third lefty like Maloney, but you never know.

Burton has looked pretty good so far, but that doesn't really matter until he starts facing opposing hitters.

There's a chance that reliever Joel Zumaya will reach a decision on his future. We'll let you know here as soon as it happens.

A couple injury updates. Luke Hughes took 25 light swings this morning and he works his way back from right shoulder inflammation. He's been allowed to take part in fielding drills but can only roll the ball off the field after he fields grounders. He hopes he'll be promoted to light tosses soon. Ah, rehab. Baby steps,

Reliever Jeff Gray was kept off the mound for a couple days because he had trouble getting loose, But he's going to throw today,


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