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Denard Span Injury: Twins Outfielder Could Be Out For Season

The Minnesota Twins placed injured outfielder Denard Span (shoulder strain) on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday in a move retroactive to Aug. 28, and now it appears the 28-year-old speedster could be done for the season. Span will be eligible to return on Sept. 12, but Span and the team may decide to play it safe with his strained sternoclavicular joint (via the Star Tribune):

"Hopefully these next 10 days it'll heal enough to where I can finish the season off and start that healing process again during the offseason," Span said. "But I'm just going to listen to my body. ... I'm going to be smart when I come off the DL and do what I think is best."

"I had my bags packed [for Kansas City] and was ready to go on the road trip," Span said. "But I had a talk with [General Manager Terry Ryan], and we agreed that maybe it was just best to take a few more days to get some of the swelling out of the ligament that's swollen and see where I'm at in 10 days."

Span has produced a .286/.349/.393 batting line in 488 plate appearances over 108 games for the Twins in 2012.

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