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Updated: June 9th, 2011 10:58pm
Denard Span placed on 7-day concussion DL; Rene Tosoni recalled

Denard Span placed on 7-day concussion DL; Rene Tosoni recalled

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After spending approximately four hours with a head and neck specialist Thursday, Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span was diagnosed with a concussion.

This allowed the Twins to place Span on the seven-day concussion disabled list -- a new policy put in place by Major League Baseball this past offseason.

Outfielder Rene Tosoni was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Span's place.

Span suffered whiplash after a home-plate collision in Kansas City last Friday, and after returning to the lineup in Cleveland on Monday he said he felt dizzy, fuzzy and somewhat "spaced out" -- symptoms similar to the ones from 2009, when Span was diagnosed with Vestibular Neuritis.

"(Doctors) felt like it was more of a mild concussion, and that some of the symptoms that I had in 2009 flared up because of the concussion," Span said.

He added, "after today, just knowing what was going on and talking to the physical therapist, she seemed enthused and she seemed like she felt like we could kill two birds with one stone, as far as getting the concussion better, but also getting some of the lingering effects I've had over the last couple years with the dizzy spells."

Span was instructed to "take it easy" over the next couple days.

Tosoni is hitting .265/.298/.444 with six home runs in 173 plate appearances for Triple-A Rochester this season. In a brief stint with the Twins earlier this year, Tosoni hit .171/.237/.257 with one home run in 38 plate appearances.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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