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.

Twins trade Kendrys Morales to Mariners

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Twins Farm System, Twins offense, Twins prospects Updated: July 24, 2014 - 1:53 PM

The Twins have traded Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.

Pryor is a 25-year-old righthander who is recovering from surgery to repair a right latissimus dorsi muscle. He has pitched in 34 games for the Ms over the past three seasons, with 32 innings and 35 strikeouts. He is 2-1 with a 4.65 ERA in 31 innings this season at Class AAA Tacoma.

He will report to Rochester this week.

Morales was signed as a free agent by the Twins on June 8 and is hitting .234 with 11 doubles and one home run.

The Twins recalled infielder Jorge Polanco from Class A Ft. Myers to take Morales’ spot on the 25-man roster.

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