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Updated: August 15th, 2012 4:20pm
Denard Span to take batting practice Friday, hopes to play in Seattle

Denard Span to take batting practice Friday, hopes to play in Seattle

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Denard Span took part in his first baseball activities since landing awkwardly on his shoulder in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Minnesota Twins centerfielder stood in on a bullpen session, played catch and took swings off a tee, but his status for Friday night's game against the Seattle Mariners is still uncertain.

"Not bad," Span said. "It didn't feel outstanding -- first day doing any baseball stuff. But I know where I'm at, and Friday I'm going to try to take (batting practice), see where I'm at then, and hopefully try to get in a game before the series is over against Seattle."

The Twins announced Wednesday they will recall a position player from Triple-A Rochester in time for Friday's game to fill an open roster slot. It's possible that player could be Chris Parmelee, who has been tearing it up recently for the Red Wings.

There are no current plans to place Span on the disabled list, but if it becomes apparent he cannot play this weekend the Twins will likely need to go that route.

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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In this story: Chris Parmelee, Denard Span