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 minor leaguer suspended

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 24, 2012 - 2:28 PM

Righthander Aaron Thompson has been suspended 50 games for violating the league's drug policy. It was not a PED, but a, "drug of abuse,"  as the policy describes it.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the club intends to keep the pitcher, but it should be pointed out that they released minor leaguer Henry Sanchez as soon as his 50-game suspension was completed in 2009.

"`We're going to keep him,'' Ryan said. ``He's just suspended without pay. When you got 160 kids - and this guy is not a kid - there is no excuse. So we're going to take of it. I'm disappointed in that.'

Thompson, 25, spent last year in the Pirates organization.

Also from Ryan:

Jason Marquis is still in New York attending to a family issue but planned throw in the bullpen today.

Trevor Plouffe (hamstring) could appear in a minor league game on Monday.




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