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.

Plouffe indicates that his rehab stint is over

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 13, 2012 - 10:31 AM

Will Trevor Plouffe be in the lineup tonight when the Twins open a three-game series against the Tigers? Because it sure looks like he'll be available.

Plouffe went 0-for-4 with a walk on Sunday in a second rehabilitation game with Class AAA Rochester. Despite going 0-for-8 in two games, his sore right thumb came through well enough for Plouffe to tweet the following last night after the game:

"Finished up my rehab assignment tonight and got to see Parm and the rest of the @RocRedWings drop bombs all night. Can't wait for tomorrow!"

Plouffe is referencing Rochester teammate Chris Parmelee, who was 3-for-4 with two homers on Sunday. Parmelee now is batting .360 with 15 homers and 41 RBI in 47 games at Rochester. His slash line over the last ten games: .395/.489/.921.

If Plouffe is summoned back from Rochester, will the Twins end this version of the Tsuyoshi Nishioka experiment? Stay tuned.


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