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.

Minors update: Sano, Rosario, Gibson, Buxton

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Twins prospects Updated: May 8, 2013 - 1:28 PM

Twins prospects Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario both were out of the lineup for Class A Fort Myers today with injuries.

Sano was hit with a pitch on his left elbow in the seventh inning of Monday's game, and the elbow swelled up afterward. Fort Myers played a 10:35 am game today - losing 8-1 to Tampa - so Sano didn't play for a second straight game.

Rosario missed action on Tuesday and Wednesday with a leg injury.

``With the morning game, it made sense to give them today off,'' said Brad Steil, the Twins director of minor leagues. ``Sano will probably be in the tomorrow and Rosario in a couple of days.''

In 30 games, Sano is batting .387 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.  Rosario: .347-3-22. Twins officials are making the rounds through the minor league system and gathering information on all their prospects, and eventually they will begin discussions about promoting Sano, Rosario, Byron Buxton and others.

One thing I've heard was that it will be at least a few more weeks - the end of May, perhaps - before promotions will be handed out. But that can depend on if they continue to produce and who's healthy. A rash of injuries could force the Twins to move them up sooner.

For instance, Fort Myers just had seven players land on the disabled list in the last 11 days. What if that happens at New Britain?

Rochester update

Kyle Gibson is on the mound for Class AAA Rochester tonight and, boy, do the Red Wings need a strong outing.

The Red Wings played a 16 inning game on Tuesday during which nine pitchers were used. So the bullpen could use a break.



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