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.

Twins update: Mauer hits bump on road to recovery

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 21, 2012 - 6:12 PM

Twins catcher Joe Mauer has hit a speed bump in his recovery from a bruised right quadriceps.

The Twins had hoped that Mauer, who had made solid progress before Thursday, would be able to catch in the bullpen as part of his recovery process.

"That didn’t happen," Mauer said.

Mauer said there's still swelling in the quad that he has to work out before he can do more on the field and get back in the starting lineup. So he\missed the entire series in Pittsburgh and might miss a couple games in Cincinnati this weekend.

“I hope so, you know," he said. "It’s not much better than yesterday. I thought I’d be able to do a little bit more. It’s real frustrating.”

It makes how he got hurt - on a questionable slide into home plate by Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks on Sunday - even more questionable because Mauercan't get on the field. Mauer is able to pinch hit but will need a pinch runner if he reaches base - unless he homers.

"Yeah, but just to miss games in general," Mauer said. "I’m driving myself nuts sitting and watching, and I want to be out there. But I’m definitelynot ready to do that.”


The field was full of hockey players this afternoon as prospects for the upcoming hockey draft took batting practice. Man, were there some awful swings. A lot of left-handed hitters who couldn't keep their feet still.

The Twins had about 50 players show up for their tryout camp this week, but didn't sign any of them.

Lefthander Brian Duesning has been named the starter in Saturday's game in Cincinnati.

Twins (27-40)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Josh Willingham, LF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Brian Dozier, SS
8. Alexi Casilla, 2B
9. Liam Hendriks

Pirates (35-32)

1. Alex Presley, LF
2. Neil Walker, 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Garrett Jones, RF
5. Casey McGehee, 1B
6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
7. Rod Barajas, C
8. Josh Harrison, SS
9. James McDonald, RHP




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