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.

Twins-Red Sox: Hardy unlikely this weekend

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 20, 2010 - 4:57 PM

It's becoming unlikely that shortstop J.J. Hardy will come off the disabled list in time to play against Milwaukee this weekend. Hardy, out with a bruised left wrist, has been rehabbing at Target Field but has been unable to do any more than hit off a tee.

He's just starting to get to the point where he's not feeling any soreness the day after activity. So the Twins are expected to let him take the weekend and Monday's offday to get ready, then activate him for the Yankees series  on Tuesday.

The Twins are expected to send righthander Jeff Manship back to Class AAA Rochester after the game and bring up an infielder. With Luke Hughes on the DL with a strained groin - and Matt Tolbert having to stay in the minors for at least 10 days -  the door could be open for Trevor Plouffe or Danny Valencia to join the team for the weekend. Stay tuned.

Update: Trevor Plouffe is NOT in the starting lineup tonight at Class AAA Rochester.

Haven't heard anything about moving a certain struggling reliever - but I wouldn't totally rule it out either.

Clay Condrey will throw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Friday before heading to Fort Myers to face hitters. Pat Neshek will throw in the bullpen a couple more times before he'll be ready to send to Fort Myers. We'll see.

Twins (24-16)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Jason Kubel, DH
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Brendan Harris, SS
9. Nick Punto, 3B

Pitching: LHP Francisco Liriano

Red Sox (21-20)

1. Darnell McDonald, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Mike Lowell, DH
6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Bill Hall, LF
9. Angel Sanchez, SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester



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