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: A chance to sweep the Brewers at Miller Park

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 28, 2013 - 7:05 PM

Trevor Plouffe passed his SCAT-2 - Sports Concussion Assessment Test - with flying colors and is expected to be activated from the 7-day concussion DL in time for Wednesday's game against the Brewers. The Twins still have to submit paperwork an independent specialist for final approval, but that is expected to be a formality.

The Twins will announce a corresponding roster move tomorrow. They currently have 13 pitchers on the staff and could go back to 12. Chris Hermann, Chris Colabello or Brian Dozier could be options as well. Dozier, however, got a hit yesterday and thinks he's figured out something with his swing. He wasn't getting his foot down quick enough before he swung the bat, leading to him being out of whack when making contact. He believes he's now getting his foot down quickly and getting the bat head out. We'll see.

Wilkin Ramirez, however, is not feeling 100 percent and there is a chance that he won't be ready to come off of the 7-day concussion DL when he's eligible

Oswaldo Arcia has a sore right shoulder. He missed Monday's game at Rochester but is in the lineup tonight as the designated hitter. He will DH-only for a few days while working on shoulder strengthening exercises.

Liam Hendriks (elbow) is close to being activated from the disabled list at Rochester and returning to the Red Wings rotation. He threw live batting practice on Tuesday.

Catcher Dan Rohlfing has been promoted from New Britain to Rochester in place of Hermann. Rolfing can play a little outfield and first base as well.

Catcher Drew Butera (broken left hand) had a setback a few days ago but feels better and is eager to play in games. Twins doctors want to make sure the bones have fully healed first.

Reliever Tim Wood (shoulder) has been working out at Target Field and reports no soreness. He's heading to Rochester to continue his throwing program.

Kyle Lohse has been bugged by a sore elbow but will start on Thursday against the Twins for the first time. I asked him how his elbow is feeling: ``Great....for a 34 year old,'' said Lohse, who was traded by the Twins to Cincinnati seven years ago.

Twins (20-28)
1. Jamey Carroll, 3B
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Aaron Hicks, CF 
8. Pedro Florimon, SS 
9. Scott Diamond, LHP

Brewers (19-30)

1. Norichika Aoki, RF
2. Jean Segura, SS
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
5. Carlos Gomez, CF
6. Jonathan Lucroy, C
7. Rickie Weeks, 2B
8. Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B
9. Alfredo Figaro, RHP


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