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.

Joe Mauer goes on disabled list, Colabello called up

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 2, 2014 - 11:12 AM

The Twins have placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Mauer was injured on Tuesday night after hitting a double to left.

Chris Colabello has been called up from Class AAA Rochester. Colabello has been on a roll, batting .341 over his last 10 games with four home runs. He hit two yesterday.

Overall, Colabello was batting .275 at Rochester with six home runs and 27 RBI in 36 games. He's played mostly first base but has made a couple starts in right field.

``I'll play catcher if they want me to,'' Colabello said.'

Mauer said his oblique was barking on him pretty good when he arrived at the park this morning. The Twins already made arrangements to fly Colabello in and made the move as soon as Mauer told them he was in rough shape.

There was a chance Mauer could have been named to he All-Star team, since managers, with help from the commissioner's office, can fill out the roster after the fan and player votes. But this pretty much wipes out any chance Mauer had to be on the AL roster. He still will be involved in the buildup to the game as the official ambassador.

Royals (43-40)

Alcides Escobar, SS
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Billy Butler, DH
Alex Gordon, LF
Salvador Perez, C
Raul Ibanez, RF
Omar Infante, 2B
Moose, 3B
Jarrod Dyson, CF

Jason Vargas, LHP

Twins (38-44

Eduardo Nunez, SS
Brian Dozier, 2B
Chris Parmelee, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH
Josh Willingham, LF
Oswado Arcia, RF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Eric Fryer, C
Sam Fuld, CF

Kevin Correia, RHP


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