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: Joel Zumaya to have surgery

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 4, 2012 - 2:26 PM

The Twins were informed last night by the agent for Joel Zumaya that the righthander has decided to have Tommy John elbow ligament surgery and attempt a comeback,

The surgery will take place at the end of the month and be preformed by noted specialist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

Zumaya tore the ligament while throwing batting practice on Feb. 25. It will be the sixth surgery for Zumaya, who hasn't pitched in the majors since June of 2010.

The Twins signed Zumaya to a $850,000 contract with incentives that could add another $900,000 through appearance incentives. Because he failed to make the Opening Day roster, so he will earn only $400,000.

TWINS CHECK OUT jetBlue Park

The Twins are here at beautiful new jetBlue Park, which pops up like an oasis along Daniels Road - just a few miles from the Hammond Stadium, the Twins' home. The playing field here is copied from Fenway Park, Green Monster, Pesky Pole and all.

They did a great job combining past and present.

The Red Sox went all out for their home opener. They had their entire spring training roster on the field. Dwight Evans, Jim Rice, Luis Tiant and Carl Yastrzemski joined officials in throwing out the first pitch. Quite a show.

Joe C. is headed to Port Charlotte to cover the other split-squad game against the Rays. He'll check in with the lineup soon,

Here's the Twins' lineup for the game against Boston.

NOTE: This game is being televised on NESN. First pitch 1:35 p.m. Eastern

Twins

Ben Revere, LF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
Rene Tosoni, RF
Aaron Bates, 1B
Luke Hughes, DH
Sean Burroughs, 3B
Ray Chang, 2B
Rene Rivera, C
Darin Mastroianni, CF

Pitching: Francisco.Liriano, LHP. Jared Burton, Esmerling Vasquez, Phil Dumatrait, Jason Bulger and Kyle Waldrop on the list to pitch.

Boston

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Cody Ross, RF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Mike Aviles, SS
Salty, C
Darnell McDonald, LF
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Juan Carlos Linares, DH

Pitching: Josh Beckett, RHP

 

 

  • 10
  • Comments

ADVERTISEMENT

more twins blogs

See all similar bloggersFull story

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT