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.

Twins-A's: Span in MRI meatgrinder

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 20, 2012 - 6:42 PM

Twins outfielder Denard Span had an MRI of his collarbone in San Francisco today and will have one of his shoulder tomorrow.

Not sure why he could not have both done at once. We were told he was only able to make it through one.

Twins assistant General Manager Ron Antony said the exams are to make sure they haven't missed anything with his diagnosis - and to give him peace of mind. Span has missed seven games since injuring himself while trying to make a falling catch.

Twins haven't announced Wednesday's starter, but the odds are in favor of Liam Hendriks.

Twins (50-70)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Darin Mastroianni, RF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham. LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, DH
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Jamey Carroll, 2B
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing

Athletics (65-55)

1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Jonny Gomes, DH
3.  Josh Reddick, RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
5. Chris Carter, 1B
6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
7. Derek Norris, C
8. Adam Rosales SS
9. Jemelle Weeks, 2B

Pitching: RHP Brandon McCarthy

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