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Twins (finally) place Denard Span on disabled list

Aug 30, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Span is finally headed to the disabled list, one day before rosters would have expanded anyway and 18 days after his initial injury.

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Denard Span injured his shoulder on August 12 and was officially deemed “day-to-day.”

He then proceeded to sit out 11 consecutive days, all while remaining on the Twins’ active roster instead of going on the disabled list. Span returned to the lineup on August 23, played four of the next five games, and then headed to the sidelines again with more shoulder pain.

Today he’s out of the lineup for the 13th time in the past 17 games, although at least he was able to go through with an MRI exam this week after initially being too claustrophobic last week.

Minnesota’s aversion to putting injured players on the disabled list stretches back to last season and Span is just the latest and perhaps most extreme example. Rosters expand on September 1, so the Twins have dragged his situation out long enough that a DL stint is no longer even necessary. Mission accomplished?

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Could be a not-so-subtle way of helping “sell” him this offseason. He missed a lot of time on the DL last year. The last thing the front office wants is the “injury prone” label being stuck on the guy if/when they attempt to move him this offseason. He’s officially avoided the DL list now, so there’s that.

    …but yeah, otherwise it’s f’n ridiculous.

  2. dondada10 - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Reading this article further reinforces my assertion that the Twins are the Mets of the AL.

  3. fmlizard - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    The team has gone to heck in a handbasket, but the Twins’ retro alternate home unis shown above might just be the best uniforms in all of baseball, if not sports.

    They should be the primary for the team.

    • kopy - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      They were for all of last year after Harmon Killebrew died, as a tribute. They should leave them, though. The current home whites are feeling outdated.

      However, the Twins need to get their staff in line before they are worthy of nice uniforms. This Span debacle is just the latest example of questionable thinking on display.

  4. Ben - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Does this medical staff have any idea what it’s doing? How many months did it take them to shut down Carl Pavano? This is just getting absurd.

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