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.

UPDATE: Ryan discharged from Mayo Clinic

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 14, 2014 - 2:29 PM

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan has been discharged from the Mayo Clinic following cancer surgery on Tuesday.

Ryan headed home to continue his recovery.

On Monday, Ryan announced that he had been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in his neck. Surgery was successful and doctors are confident that the cancer had not spread.

Assistant GM Rob Antony will assume Ryan's duties indefinitely, with assistance from others in the front office.

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