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.

Mauer continues to deal with concussion symptoms

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 5, 2013 - 4:37 PM

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is still experiencing concussion symptoms and is not close to returning to the lineup.

Mauer worked out at Target Field on Thursday and said he is making progress in his recovery from a concussion suffered on Aug. 19 in a game against the Mets. He's taken batting practice, ran and lifted weights. But he indicated he still has some hurdles to clear before he can play.

``I start feeling symptoms when I start to get my heart rate up,'' Mauer said between workouts at Target Field on Thursday.

Mauer is determined to return to the Twins lineup before the end of the regular season - but he has to wait until the symptoms go away for good.

``This process has been a little longer than I hoped,'' Mauer said.

Read tomorrow's Star Tribune for Mauer's thoughts on remaining a catcher and on the trade of Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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