CLEVELAND -- You've seen Twins players collide on the field. Now they're colliding off the field, too.
Denard Span and Danny Valencia were still feeling the effects of whiplash Friday, one day after Span rear-ended Valencia's vehicle on the way from Target Field to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Valencia was riding as the passenger in his Range Rover Sport, with his fiancee driving. Span was following them in his Range Rover. The accident happened after they turned from Interstate 35 onto Hwy. 62.
"You're on 35, you make a left onto 62," Valencia said. "It was bumper-to-bumper traffic, so it was stop and go. I stopped, he goed."
The Twins have used the disabled list 24 times this year, but this was a first. At least no one was seriously hurt. Span said he was moving no more than 10 miles per hour upon impact.
Valencia's fiancee was checked by a doctor Friday. Valencia and Span had lingering headaches and weren't in the lineup against the Indians, but both hope to play in Saturday's doubleheader.
Valencia's vehicle suffered the most damage, and Span promised to pay.
"I'm laughing, but it's not funny," Span said. "I just played Wednesday [for the first time since Aug. 13], and for something like this to happen, it's just been a rough year for me. I'm fortunate. It could have been a lot worse."
Span suffered a concussion June 3, when he slid into Royals catcher Brayan Pena. He missed 48 games, then returned to the disabled list because of migraine symptoms, missing another 32 games.
"I was more concerned about him because he has those concussion symptoms," Valencia said. "Obviously, our cars aren't a big deal. Stuff happens. Thank God. I know Denard's good for the money."
Valencia said he thought about coming to the ballpark Friday in a neck brace, just to give Span a hard time.
According to manager Ron Gardenhire, Carl Pavano's advice for Valencia was: "Sue him! Sue him for everything!"
Of course, with Span and Valencia unavailable Friday, the Twins had just two healthy position players available on the bench: Rene Rivera and Matt Tolbert.
"It's not funny," Gardenhire said. "But it's typical for this year."
When news of the collision hit Twitter, some suggested it was the best contact the Twins had made in a month. Others wondered which Twin had missed a sign.
In Twins injury lore, this figures to hold a place alongside tales of Lew Ford ironing a shirt while wearing it and burning his stomach. And then there was the time two springs ago when Span fouled a screaming liner into the stands, where it hit his own mother.
"We need a rabbit's foot," Valencia said. "We have bad luck, and it's unfortunate because when you think it can't get any worse, it does.
"[Thursday] was a positive day considering we just had a great walk-off win, our first win in about two weeks, and the next thing you know, I think I had a bomb dropped on my car."
When Valencia first told Gardenhire the story, the manager was so amused he dragged Valencia into the coaches' room, so he could tell it again. After six months of befuddling injury news, it felt good to laugh.
"It's not something I expected coming into the ballpark," Gardenhire said. "I expect just about anything, but that was a little much for me."