Span hopes to return from DL when eligible

Span hopes to return from DL when eligible

Span hopes to return from DL when eligible
MINNEAPOLIS -- Center fielder Denard Span took swings in the cages before Friday's game against the Indians, and is scheduled to take batting practice outside with his teammates before Saturday's game.

Span, who is on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 28 with a sprained SC joint in his right shoulder, is eligible to return on Wednesday.

He said he's hopeful to be activated as soon as he's eligible, but that he needs to make sure his shoulder will respond properly during games. He had that problem when he played in four games in late August after missing 11 days with the injury he initially suffered on Aug. 12 while landing awkwardly on a dive in center field.

"I feel all right," Span said. "Once I get loose or whatever it doesn't feel as bad. So the tale will tell itself once I get into a game. Even before I was put on the DL, the main time when I felt discomfort for the most part was during game situations and game speed. So I'm being optimistic I'll be all right."