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.

Postgame: Guerrier designated for assignment

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 23, 2014 - 4:15 PM

The Twins have designated righthander Matt Guerrier for assignment. The veteran was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. He was a competitor, but struggled at times and was clobbered on Tuesday four runs in the ninth inning of a 8-2 loss to Cleveland.

At one point, manager Ron Gardenhire and trainer Lanning Tucker came to the mound because they thought he was injured.

``That was embarrassing,'' Guerrier said when I talked to him this morning. ``I pitched so bad that they thought something was wrong.''

When relayed to Gardenhire, he said: ``I was embarrassed to go out there.''

Guerrier was brought in as a chemistry guy and was the same old Matty in the clubhouse. And he battled with everything he had. But the last time he pitched a full clean inning was May 28.

The Twins are letting him go, but I would not be surprised if another team takes a chance on him.

And that ends the reunion tour. The Twins brought back Jason Bartlett, Jason Kubel and Guerrier this season. None of them are left.

The Twins will call up Ryan Pressly from Class AAA Rochester, where he was 1-4 with a 2,98 ERA. Frankly, he should be on the Opening Day roster.

The 40-man roster is now at 39. meaning they have flexibility to add a player. That could come in handy if Kyle Gibson can't pitch on Saturday. I was told two days ago that Logan Darnell was the favorite to start if needed, but the extra 40-man spot allows them to go with someone else if they want.

Alex Meyer? He's starting tonight for Class AAA Rochester

In other news, the Twins received the fourth pick after the second round in the 2015 Competitive Balance Lottery.


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