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.

Updates on a couple Twins players on the comeback trail

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 10, 2012 - 2:48 PM

A quick update on a couple rehabbing players.

Reliever Matt Capps started and pitched a scoreless inning on Monday, striking out one, for Class A Fort Myers as he works his way back from a sore shoulder. He threw seven pitches. The plan is for him to pitch another inning on Wednesday when the Miracle travel to Clearwater.

If all goes well, Capps could re-join the Twins in time for Friday's game against Oakland.

Righthander Kyle Gibson, on the comeback trail following Tommy John surgery last year, pitched a scoreless inning on Tuesday for the Twins rookie team in the Gulf Coast League. In 15 pitches, he got a groundout, issued a walk then got an inning-ending double play. It was his first game action since July 22 of last year.

Gibson's fastball was measured at 91-94 miles an hour.

The Twins hope Gibson can make minor league starts in August. During the offseason, the club hopes to have him pitch in the Arizona Fall League.


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