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 update: Nathan, Morneau, Hardy, Blackburn

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: March 16, 2010 - 4:07 PM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had a few injury updates after today's 3-1 loss to the Orioles:

* Joe Nathan will test his right elbow either Saturday, Sunday or Monday, Gardenhire said, adding, "My guess would be more likely the middle day [Sunday]."

* Justin Morneau: Garenhire said, "We’re going to give him a couple more days, make sure he’s got all the soreness out of his ribcage and back, all the general soreness from riding stinking busses and all that stuff. I told him, if there’s any issue, where you get sore at all through your torso or legs -- we’re just going to [pull back]. He’s always played through it, and we’re just going to back off a few days here, and just take it easy, do your light workouts and just take it easy. He’s got plenty of time to get plenty of at-bats."

* J.J. Hardy: Gardenhire said, "Hardy went out and still feels a little something in his leg, so we’re not going to push that issue. There’s just really no need. After that off day the 22nd, we’re going to have a lot of games, plus those two at Target Field for guys to get plenty of at-bats and get deep into the games."

* Nick Blackburn [sore right knee] will throw a bullpen session Friday and pitch in a minor-league game Sunday. Gardenhire said there is still enough time for Blackburn to get his pitch-count up for the start of the season.


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