Thursday, July 7, 2011

Span's return is inching closer

Denard Span entered Spring Training with something to prove to the Twins. After a great season in 2009, he followed it with a below average campaign in 2010. The something to prove attitude worked for Span as he was off to a wonderful start for the Twins during the 2011 season. All of the momentum Span had gained came to a screeching halt on a play at the plate.

It has been over a month since Span's collision at home in Kansas City and reports last week made it sound like his return was still a long ways away.  After a workout last Friday in the heat of Target Field, Span was not feeling good and told reporters he felt "foggy" and "light-headed." Obviously, these are not good symptoms for a player recovering from a concussion.

Before Thursday night's game in Chicago, Span took batting practice and spent time working on wind sprints in the outfield. This was the third day in a row that Span was able to get in a good baseball related workout. Another concern for the Twins was the plane ride to Chicago but Span did not report any problems during or after the team's flight.

If Span continues to improve, the next step will be to head to one of the minor league affiliates for some rehab starts. This is one of the longest stints of baseball that Span has been forced to miss and he is chomping at the bit to get back on the field. As Twins fans are well aware from the Morneau injury last season, concussions can be a precarious situation. The Twins are making sure that Span is ready to move on to the next step before sending him on his rehab assignment.

The return of Span could cause some shifting among the available outfielders with the Twins. The earliest Span would be back is mid-July so those decisions are still a few weeks away.

But for now, the Twins will be happy with Span inching his way back and having one good day after another.

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