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Collision with catcher leaves Denard Span dizzy, out of the lineup, and “definitely scared”

Jun 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

Denard Span

Denard Span‘s collision at the plate with Royals catcher Brayan Pena didn’t look like much Friday night and he was able to play yesterday, but the Twins’ center fielder is now out of the lineup and will head back to Minnesota to have his dizziness examined.

Span chose to slide hard into Pena rather than reenact the Scott Cousins-Buster Posey incident by running the catcher over, yet even after avoiding a bigger collision he told reporters that he’s been “foggy” since and is “definitely scared.”

Span is the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of injured Twins, as Joe Mauer, Jim Thome, Jason Kubel, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Delmon Young, Francisco Liriano, Joe Nathan, Glen Perkins, Kevin Slowey, Jose Mijares, and Jason Repko have all spent at least one stint on the disabled list.

And one of the few regulars who hasn’t been on the shelf, Justin Morneau, has been in and out of the lineup with neck problems after spending eight months on the sidelines following a concussion. Similar to Morneau’s situation last year Span’s dizziness is particularly worrisome because he missed time with vertigo in 2009. He’s been the Twins’ best player all season.

  1. kopy - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    If I understand this right (and someone please correct me if I’m wrong), because Span passed his concussion test after the Royals game (or whenever he took it), he is ineligible for the 7-day concussion disabled list. Now the Twins have their hands tied between keeping him out for 15 days or being hopeful, keeping him active, and not being able to call anyone up.

    The hits just keep on coming for the 2011 Twins.

  2. schrutebeetfarms - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    If by best player all season you choose not to include Kubel.

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