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.

Pino spends zero days in the minors

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 27, 2014 - 1:52 PM

The Twins have decided to place Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list because of a left knee bone bruise. Santana was injured on Wednesday while running between first and second base.

To replace Santana on the roster, the Twins have called Johan Pino back from Class AAA Rochester - well, he never got there. Pino was sent down when the Twins called up Jorge Polanco (as cover for Santana). The rule is that Pino has to remain in the minors for at least 10 days, unless there is an injury. And there is.

So we know who is starting in Pino's vacated spot in the rotation - Pino.

Just getting settled in Arlington after a little delay getting out of LAX. Will check by later from the park,


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