A trio of final thoughts after the Twins' first 10-run romp since April 11: MAUER'S PROBABLY OUT: Players usually try to stay optimistic about injuries, a stiff-upper-lip approach that insists that "maybe it'll feel better tomorrow," and "I might miss a game or two." But Joe Mauer didn't try to hide how stiff he felt after suffering a strained oblique on Tuesday (you can watch him on video here), and while he noted that he's never had this injury before, there didn't seem to be much doubt about where the three-time batting champion is headed now: The disabled list. "It felt like somebody hit me right there," was how Mauer described the pain. Maybe it's not as serious as it sounds, but Mauer said the injury has been bothering him for a week, so it's hard to imagine the Twins risking further damage by rushing him back, especially since the All-Star break would extend his recovery time by another four days. Unless he makes a fast recovery, expect a … [Read more...] about Postgame: If Mauer goes on disabled list, who replaces him?
Hilton Worldwide will improve its accommodations for disabled guests as part of a legal settlement this week with the U.S. Department of Justice. The department accused Hilton's hotels built since 1993 of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to provide enough handicapped-accessible rooms. The settlement announced this week imposes a $50,000 fine and marks the first time the department has required a company to ensure its franchised hotels comply with the ADA. The requirements include ensuring accessible rooms have roll-in showers and tub seats, as well as adaptations for hearing-impaired guests. The 900 Hilton-operated hotels include those under the Hilton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites names, among others. … [Read more...] about Help for disabled guests at hotel chain
Hector Santiago thought he was 100 percent again after coming off the disabled list last week, and said his shoulder seemed fine even after two disappointing starts. But that changed Tuesday, Paul Molitor said. “He went out and threw a [bullpen session], and when he came back in, he went in to see our training staff. He said something wasn’t right,” the Twins manager said. “He’s dealing with some things in his upper mid-back and his posterior shoulder, and that causes a little more concern than last time, when we shut him down for awhile.” The Twins send the lefthander for a magnetic resonance imaging test Wednesday night to see whether there is a more serious physical problem. The tightness isn’t necessarily related to the injury that landed him on the disabled list after his June 6 start in Seattle. But Santiago also hasn’t been the same pitcher since mid-May — he had a 2.76 ERA on May 9, and a 9.96 ERA and seven consecutive … [Read more...] about Twins put Hector Santiago on disabled list, recall Alan Busenitz
Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced Wednesday that his office is sending a detailed questionnaire this week to 12 restaurants on or near Nicollet Mall to determine whether they are wheelchair accessible or otherwise complying with federal law requiring accommodations for people with disabilities. Jeanne Cooney, a spokesperson for Jones, said the U.S. Attorney’s office periodically looks into different types of venues to see if they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She said the office works with the businesses to help them meet the ADA standards, but it also has the option to file a lawsuit. She said restaurants are expected to meet the ADA requirements that were in place at the type of the restaurant’s construction or latest renovation. She said her office cannot investigate all restaurants in the state, so it picked a small group in the same area. Other restaurants may be added to the inquiry. She said the … [Read more...] about Downtown restaurants under scrutiny over accommodations for disabled
Watch out for a disabled truck parked on the right shoulder of southbound 35E just past County Road J in the White Bear Lake area. The biggest hang up on the road is a rollover crash on northbound 694 at Hwy. 36. The vehicle went off the road and down a hill. Lots of emergency vehicles are on the scene and the right lane is blocked. Look for delays beginning at Hwy. 5. Older Post 7:25 a.m. update: Long travel times in north metro Newer Post 6:30 a.m. update: Thick on 94 in Albertville … [Read more...] about 6:50 a.m. update: Disabled vehicle on 35E in White Bear Lake