Span gets day off after returning from injury

Span gets day off after returning from injury

Span gets day off after returning from injury
ARLINGTON -- Denard Span did not start on Friday after going 2-for-5 in Thursday's loss to the Rangers, his first game since he injured his collarbone less than two weeks ago.

With the Rangers sending southpaw Matt Harrison to the mound for Friday's game, manager Ron Gardenhire decided to leave the left-handed hitting Span out of the lineup. Span is batting .289 with three homers, 35 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 105 games this season.

"He played well," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He put some nice swings out there and ran the bases pretty well. There's a left-hander going today, so he'll be available and then he'll go tomorrow and the next day, we hope."

Span said that he does not yet feel 100 percent, but is healthy enough to play. He missed nine games with a collarbone injury that he sustained while diving for a fly ball in the sixth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Rays on Aug. 12.

"It may take a little time to get back to diving," Span said. "I don't know how long it's going to be. I don't know if I let the game take over and I dive to try to make a play or if I'm going to be a little tentative knowing my shoulder's situation. I'll only know when that play happens. But it was definitely in the back of my mind last night."