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 option Burnett to Rochester

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 27, 2013 - 12:14 PM

 The Twins have optioned righthander Alex Burnett to Class AAA Rochester. Burnett had a 7.56 ERA this spring but had pitched better of late. Obviously, it wasn't enough.

``We told Alex that he needed to firm some things up,'' Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said.

The Twims basically have 12 pitchers now. There are 15 in camp, but Tim Wood, Rafael Perez and Rich Harden are injured. Their 25 man roster looks set, but things could change over the next couple of days.

The Twins are being very coy today. When asked directly if Tyler Robertson had made the team, Ryan said., ``We can go either way with that. As you know, we haven't announced anything yet. No one has made the team because you never know when injuries enter the equation. He's still here and is in a good position.''

Byron Buxton is thrown right into the fire. ``This should be quite an experience for him,'' Twins GM Terry Ryan said. Buxton sprayed a lot of line drives during batting practice but didn't show much power. I must point out that the kid has quite a body on him and should hit for power once the man muscles kick in, ha.


1. Byron Buxton, CF
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Chris Parmelee, RF
5. Trevor Plouffe, DH
6. Kennys Vargas, 1B
7. Danny Ortiz, LF
8. Jamey Carroll, SS
9. Doug Bernier, 3B

Pitching: Vance Worley, RHP


1. Starling Marte, LF
2. Garrett Jones, 1B
3.  Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Russell Martin, C
7. Travis Snider, RF
8. Clint Barmes, SS
9. Josh Harrison, DH


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