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.

Lunchtime update

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 20, 2014 - 12:04 PM

Just a couple quick notes:

Ran into Byron Buxton this morning. Buxton has been out since Sunday with a sore left wrist.

``I'm hoping to be back in a couple days,'' he said. ``Maybe sooner.''

Buxton injured his wrist while diving for a ball in the outfield. What's unfortunate is that Buxton felt he was seeing the ball better at the plate and getting his timing down.

Chris Parmelee and Josmil Pinto are playing with Class AAA Rochester today so they can get extra at-bats. Alex Presley is playing with Class AA New Britain.

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