The 36-year-old sat out last season.
After missing 13 of the last 17 games with a strained shoulder, the Twins placed Denard Span on the 15 day disabled list Thursday. Span played four consecutive games after missing about two weeks after suffering the injury, but it became clear to the team he wasn't healthy enough to play.
Denard Span took batting practice on Wednesday and he believes he's getting closer to playing again. "If my shoulder is ready to go, I'm going to play; if it's not ready to go, there's nothing I can do about it," he said. Span's goal is to play in the upcoming series against Texas.
A bout of claustrophobia kept Denard Span from getting an MRI on his clavicle Tuesday. Span was given valium and strapped to a table, but he wasn't able to go through with being crammed in the MRI scanner. Afterward, he admitted that he is claustrophobic and he "didn't have enough valium."
Denard Span remains out of the Twins' lineup with a sore neck and shoulder, and Carl Pavano isn't anywhere close to re-joining the rotation. Span had an MRI done on his collar bone Monday and will undergo an MRI on his shoulder Tuesday. Carl Pavano will also meet with a specialist.
The MLB trading deadline passed Tuesday afternoon and the Twins stayed quiet, deciding to hold onto all of their players. GM Terry Ryan said he received a lot of phone calls, but none of the deals were every very close to happening. However, Denard Span had an entertaining day as rumors swirled that he was going to the Reds.
There's finally some good news on the Twins' injury front as Denard Span returned to the lineup and Carl Pavano threw a pain-free bullpen session on Sunday. Span took himself out of the game Saturday night and complained of dizziness.
The Twins won for the third straight night with an 11-3 victory over the Brewers Friday night. Denard Span, Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau combined to go 12-25 with 11 RBI and 8 runs scored. It's Minnesota's first three-game winning streak of the season.
Denard Span is out of the Twins' lineup for the first time this season. He says "it makes sense" to take a day off after being "shaken up" from a collision with the wall last night. Span suffered a concussion last season, but isn't experience any concussion symptoms.
The Twins lost to the Royals, 7-6 at Target Field Friday night, pushing their losing streak to six games. Joe Mauer had two hits, including his first triple in two years, but pitching was the problem. Carl Pavano allowed five runs and the bullpen gave up two more in the eighth inning, giving the Royals the lead for good.
Despite an inconsistent 2011 season, the Twins’ leadoff hitter is off to a fast start this year. In addition to an impressive batting average of .333 and a decent amount of extra base hits, he’s reaching base at a very good clip.
The Twins are a little over a week away from flying to Baltimore for the start of the 2012 season. It's fair to say the team is more optimistic about it's chances after last season's 99 loss effort. The biggest reason for the optimism is because the majority of the team is healthy. Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Nick Blackburn and Denard Span all look ready for improvements this season.
The Twins lost a split squad game to the Rays, 1-0 Thursday, but left the game pleased because Francisco Liriano and Denard Span played well. Liriano struck out five and allowed one hit in three innings and Span singled, walked and stole two bases.
The Washington Nationals might want Denard Span to be their leadoff hitter, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going anywhere. Twins GM Terry Ryan tells the Washington Post Minnesota’s outfield is a “little lean”, and plans on Span hitting leadoff and playing center next year.