MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 12: Ryan Doumit #18 of the Minnesota Twins checks on Denard Span #2 of the Minnesota Twins after Span hurt his shoulder on a play during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 12, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Denard Span Injury: Twins Outfielder Placed On Disabled List

Denard Span was out much longer than expected with a shoulder injury and, despite a bried return, the Twins have placed him on the disabled list.

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Outfielder Denard Span Returns To Minnesota Twins Lineup

Minnesota will officially welcome Denard Span back to the top of its lineup on Thursday evening, as the speedy outfielder is expected to start in center field for Ron Gardenhire's Twins against Roy Oswalt and the Rangers.

Span, who missed nine games while nursing a shoulder injury, originally hoped to be back earlier in the week, but suffered a setback after he was bothered by claustrophobia during a Tuesday MRI. Although teammate Ben Revere served admirably in the leadoff role while Span sat waiting to be cleared, the Twins will certainly be glad to have their star outfielder back in the fold for a tough series.

Injured originally while diving for a flyball on Aug. 12, it will be interesting to see how the 28-year-old Span handles playing in the field in his first game back. Even though he's widely seen as one of the better defensive outfielders in the American League, there's always a mental aspect to an injury like this so Span might opt to dial his fielding aggressiveness down a bit in his first few games back.

Stay with this StoryStream for more news on Span's injury and return to action. Also be sure to visit Twinkie Town for more Twins coverage, and Baseball Nation for more news from around the league.

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Denard Span Injury: Twins Outfielder Still Needs One More MRI For Clearance

Denard Span had hope to return to the Minnesota Twins' lineup last week, but his injured shoulder apparently had another idea. Span was held out of Monday night's series-opener against the Oakland Athletics and will likely miss Tuesday's game as well.

Span underwent an MRI on his neck Monday that showed no problems, but a second MRI is scheduled to be done Tuesday in Oakland. It's apparently only precautionary, but problems continue to persist as he's unable to swing the bat normally since failing to make a diving catch last weekend.

"Basically we're doing (the MRIs) just to make sure we're not missing anything," assistant GM Rob Antony said.

Ben Revere has taken Span's place in center field as of late while call-up Darin Mastroianni has taken his place in the batting order, coming up with a few big hits in Monday night's win.

For more coverage of the Twins, head over to Twinkie Town and SB Nation Minnesota.Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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Twins Vs. Rays Final Score: Minnesota Falls In 10 Innings In Series Finale, 7-3

Left-hander Scott Diamond and the Minnesota Twins could not avoid another loss against Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon at Target Field, as a big 10th inning helped the Rays pull off the three-game series sweep with a 7-3 win.

Diamond was bested by a pair of solo home runs in the first two innings by Desmond Jennings and Jeff Keppinger, and settled down before yielding a game-tying RBI double to Sean Rodriguez in the fifth that knotted the score at three apiece.

The two teams played even ball until the top of the tenth, whereby Twins reliever Alex Burnett walked a pair of batters and allowed three runs to cross the plate before he could retire the side. In addition to leaving 10 runners on base in the loss, Minnesota picked up a bit of potentially awful news as outfielder Denard Span left the game in the seventh inning with an apparent shoulder injury.

Hopeful to return the services of third baseman Trevor Plouffe, currently in Triple-A on a rehab assignment, on Monday to open up tricky three-game set with the Detroit Tigers, the Twins will send undefeated starter Samuel Deduno to the hill looking to break the losing streak.

Head over to Twinkie Town for more Twins coverage, and be sure to check out DRays Bay for more on the Rays. Visit Baseball Nation for even more MLB news and analysis.

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