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.

Morneau rests but return still unknown

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 14, 2010 - 3:49 PM

Twins first  baseman Justin Morneau was checked out by Twins trainers on Wednesday but the club is going to give him another day to rest before it's determined when he'll play again.

Twins general manager Bill Smith said that Morneau will be examined at Target Field tomorrow, then the club will discuss the next steps to take following his head injury.

``We are certainly trying to do all the right things for him personally and for this ballclub,'' Smith said.

It suggests that Morneau won't be available Thursday for the first of four games against the White Sox. But Smith and the club should know more tomorrow.

Given Morneau's history of head injuries, the Twins will make sure he's fully recovered before allowing him to play again. The guess here is that Morneau could land on the disabled list - which would give him about another week to recover - if the Twins have any doubts about his condition.

Morneau suffered a concussion on July 7 when he was took a knee to the head while sliding into second base. The injury knocked him out of the All-Star Game.


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