Span could be back in Twins lineup Wednesday

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 21, 2011 - 12:12 AM

Twins center fielder Denard Span could return to the team's lineup Wednesday after spending the past 32 games on the disabled list because of migraine symptoms.

Denard Span

Photo: �Steve Woltmann 630-968-9021,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Twins center fielder Denard Span could return to the team's lineup Wednesday after spending the past 32 games on the disabled list because of migraine symptoms.

Span also missed 48 games this year because of a concussion, so he has been determined to get back on the field before season's end.

"I think it's very important; I know it is to him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before his team played Seattle at Target Field on Tuesday. "I know he wants to get back out there. He doesn't want to go into the winter not knowing. For me it's kind of a wait and see. I'm not going to force the issue in any way."

The Twins have been waiting for Span to be symptom-free for several days in a row. He went through a full workout with the team before Tuesday's game.

"If he comes in [Wednesday], and he's feeling good, I'm going to try to put him in the lineup -- if he feels good, and only if he feels good," Gardenhire said. "I don't want 75 percent. I want 100 percent because I'm not going to deal with [a player] not seeing the ball. I don't trust that, so he's going to have to tell me."

Baker activated

Scott Baker returned from the disabled list and was available to pitch out of the bullpen Tuesday.

Baker last pitched Aug. 8. His two stints on the DL this year were both because of a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow.

Casilla still hobbled

The Twins hoped infielder Alexi Casilla might be ready to play Tuesday, but he had more issues with his strained right hamstring while doing sprints Monday.

Now, it's not looking good for Casilla to return before next Wednesday's season finale. Casilla, 27, batted .260 with a .322 on-base percentage and 15 stolen bases in 97 games. He'll enter the offseason atop the Twins' depth chart at second base, but his durability is a serious question.

In six major league seasons, Casilla has not played more than 98 games.

Repko has concussion

Jason Repko reported concussion symptoms -- nausea and a headache -- after getting hit in the helmet with a pitch from Cleveland's Justin Masterson on Sunday. Repko has been going through evaluations and would need to be cleared by Major League Baseball before returning to action.

Etc.

• Justin Morneau had successful surgeries to remove a cyst from his left knee and a bone spur from his right foot. The Twins hope he's around the ballpark next week for the team's final series against Kansas City.

• Joe Mauer (pneumonia) spoke with Twins trainer Rick McWane on Tuesday. "He's feeling better, still a little bit weak," McWane said. "He was advised by his doctors to stay home the next couple days, so hopefully the last three games of the season he'll be out here. I know he's anxious to be out here with his teammates."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota000000100151
Kansas City «00000006X690
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:W.Davis(8-2) L:P.Hughes(14-9)
HR: MIN- None KAN- None

ADVERTISEMENT

St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 3
Texas - WP: C. Lewis 12 FINAL
Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez 4
Washington - LP: D. Fister 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick 8
Tampa Bay - WP: D. Smyly 3 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 1
Boston - LP: T. Layne 2 FINAL
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 5
NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene 8 FINAL
Detroit - LP: D. Price 4
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 3 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: Z. Wheeler 2
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Turner 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos 7
Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: H. Noesi 3
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: W. Davis 6
Oakland - WP: D. Otero 5 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 4
Milwaukee - LP: Z. Duke 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: D. Thayer 3
Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw 3 FINAL
Arizona - LP: W. Miley 1
Miami - LP: H. Alvarez 1 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: H. Santiago 6
Colorado - LP: J. Nicasio 2 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: S. Casilla 4
Atlanta 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 6:02 PM
ULM
Boise State 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
D.C. 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close