La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Span reports. Hughes update. Where's Morneau?

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 21, 2012 - 9:52 AM

Denard Span missed two months last season because of a concussion and returned to the DL because of migraine symptoms. He returned in time to play in a handful of games.

For awhile, it seemed as if Span would join Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau as the biggest health concerns on the club. But being able to play the final game of the regular season - when he came through with a pinch hit double and scored the winning run - allowed him to head into the offseason on a positive note.

On Tuesday, he had a big grin as he entered the clubhouse.

``I feel great,'' Span said. ``Ready to work''

The Twins have been wafting for Span to report. There's a pitcher named Luis Perdomo in camp who wears his beard the same way Span does and looks a little like him. They couldn't wait to introduce him to Perdomo. Span turned and saw Perdomo and busted up laughing.

That leaves Justin Morneau, Josh Willingham, Sean Burroughs and Oswaldo Arcia as position players who have not reported to camp. But there is a rumor that Morneau is in town.

Luke Hughes is still waiting for his MRI to be looked at by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. Hughes sprained his right shoulder during Australian winter league play and it became inflamed while he worked out last week. He's hoping that all he needs is a cortisone shot.

That's all for now. I'll check in this afternoon.


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