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.

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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."

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