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Updated: September 23rd, 2010 10:39am
Denard Span to get MRI on shoulder

Denard Span to get MRI on shoulder

by Phil Mackey
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Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span told 1500 ESPN he is scheduled to get an MRI on his right shoulder Thursday afternoon.

Update: Manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday that Span's MRI showed nothing serious. He also said several players are in line for MRIs and other exams, due to end of the year physicals.

Span classified the injury last week as a bruised rotator cuff, and he said Thursday he initially hurt himself on a dive in Oakland back in early June. He's been dealing with soreness off and on since then.

Span said he doesn't expect the injury to keep him sidelined down the stretch, but that could also depend on the MRI results. He missed last weekend's three-game series against Oakland, but came back and played all three games against Cleveland.

It's possible the injury -- Span said he feels soreness on the follow-through and extension on his swing -- could be playing a role in his offensive dip this season. Span is hitting .266/.333/.354 this season after hitting .305/.390/.422 in his first two seasons.

The Twins are also dealing with Joe Mauer's sore knee, so clinching the division two weeks before the playoffs could turn out to be a huge blessing.

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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