JOTTINGS

• Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked about the condition of the 22 players who missed spring practice because of injuries. “They’re getting there, not all of them just yet, but the majority of them will start training camp with us,” Fleck said. “We will have pretty much everybody back with us by the first game. The only concern you have is they haven’t had a lot of training. They have been rehabbing, rehabbing, rehabbing, and now they’re finally cleared. But in terms of the full training, that’s hard to be able to get. We have some challenges ahead with them, but we look forward to getting them on the field.”

 

Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves (and the Star Tribune), on the Target Center remodeling project: “We plan on being finished in October. That date will be hit. Last year, when you looked at the scoreboard and some of those things, there’s going to be new seats for everybody and then work on the things that are the basics, the lavatories and things like that are going to be a lot nicer. The outside coming in, we’re going to add, I decided to help pay for a new walkway coming in for one of the parking ramps that I think will make it easier to get in and get out, so just be a lot of conveniences. There’s going to be more places to eat inside of the building so people can come earlier and enjoy that.”

 

• Two disappointments at Rochester are ByungHo Park, who entered Saturday hitting .241 after hitting .353 with seven homers in spring training, and John Ryan Murphy, traded from the Yankees for Aaron Hicks, who was hitting .227.

 

• The only member of the Wolves Summer League team who has a shot to make the roster in any capacity appears to be Marcus Paige, the former North Carolina point guard who in five games led the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game.

 

• Former Gophers pitcher Jordan Jess was named a South Atlantic League All-Star last month. The lefthander is 0-2 with a save and a 2.41 ERA for the Pirates’ Class A West Virginia farm team.