MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span is out of the lineup for a fifth time in the last six games because of whiplash from a home-plate collision last week.

Span spent more than three hours Thursday afternoon at the doctor’s office and was to meet with the team before the game against Texas to form a treatment and recovery plan. Trainer Rick McWane said Span’s dizziness has subsided. Span hurt his neck Friday, sat out two days, played Monday but felt lightheaded and returned to Minnesota for exams.

Also, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says he wants Joe Mauer to remain on his minor-league rehab assignment as long as necessary until his legs are in shape to catch every day. Mauer is eligible to come off the disabled list next week.

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Comments (5)
  1. Mike D says:

    I think that Delman Young is a rock solid fielder, has a superb throwing arm, and seldom strikes out. I think Alexi Casilla is a tremendous player who rarely makes mental mistakes, and is very consistant with the bat. I think the Twins have an awesome shortstop. I don’t know his name, however, because he is a different player every day. I think the Twins are getting excellent production out of the catcher position this year. Joe Mauer’s contract was a really great investment for the Twins. Morneau’s average is pretty good this year. I really like the fact that Carl Pavano has won 100 games,and it only took him 12 seasons. But most of all, I am really satisfied with Gardenhire’s playoff record, and all of his championships.

  2. Mike D says:

    Sorry, I forgot, I also think Matt Capps is probably the top closer in the American league right now. Danny Valencia has a pretty good average too, and Cuddyer has really cut down the number of times he strikes out this year. Nope, you just can’t argue with any of this. Ron Gardenhire is a lock for repeat of manager of the year. The Twins will sweep this 4 game series with Texas. Ain’t I a smarty?

    1. Sue says:

      You must be either drunk or high to make those comments because we all know that their winning streak will end very soon and they will be back to normal for them. And we all also know the Gardenhire sucks and needs to be fired.

  3. Al says:

    Please help me. I need attention.

  4. Al says:

    Fire Gardenhoser!

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