Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Span misses rehab start, trade now doubtful?

On Tuesday night, there was a significant name missing from the line-up for the Rochester Red Wings. Denard Span had taken his scheduled day off on Monday night but his absence from the game on Tuesday could be cause for concern. A tweet from Span on Tuesday evening might have calmed some of the worries:
I feel good today. Will be back in the line up tomorrow
Span has been inching closer to a return to the Twins after suffering a concussion in a play at the plate on June 3. His playing time in games has been increasing incrementally during his rehab stint. On Sunday during his sixth rehab start, he went seven innings in CF for the Red Wings.

During his time in Rochester, Span has not exactly been hitting the cover off of the ball. He current has three hits in 20 AB for a .150 BA in the International League. None of those hits have been for extra bases and he has one steal in six games.

Ben Revere has been filling in admirably for Span in CF for the Twins. The speed and defense that Revere brings to the roster has been fun to watch. Revere's inconsistencies in the batter's box are hard to ignore; especially compared to the numbers Span was putting up before his injury.

In the last couple days, there have been trade rumors that have started to surface surrounding the starting center fielder for the Twins. Ken Rosenthal reported that the Twins and the Nationals discussed a trade that would included the Nationals getting Span and the Twins receiving shortstop Ian Desmond and a relief pitcher. With Span missing a start on his rehab assignment, the talk of this deal is most certainly dead. Even though, there are doubts that this deal would have taken place.

The Twins have Span under a contract through the 2014 season with a team option for 2015. The Twins have seen what concussions can do to a player and the focus continues to be getting Span healthy for the future.

And that future looks like it can be a bright one with the Minnesota Twins, if these concussion worries can be a thing of the past.

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