Updated: August 18th, 2011 5:30pm
Notebook: Still dealing with dizziness, Denard Span lands on DL

Notebook: Still dealing with dizziness, Denard Span lands on DL

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A frustrating summer for Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span took a predictable turn on Thursday when the team officially placed him on the 15-day disabled list.

Sidelined for two months with a concussion in June and July, Span came back for two weeks before lingering fuzziness and dizziness forced him to sit again.

According to head athletic trainer Rick McWane, these symptoms aren't concussion-related, but rather migraine-related.

"This is something very similar to what he's been having several episodes of the past couple years, starting in 2009," McWane said. "It's not concussion symptoms. The concussion stirred up a previous existing condition, but this is migraines that present themselves not as a headache, but with spells of dizziness and vertigo. ...

"We've tried some medications that he had some side effects from, so we had to take him off of that. Right now we're just trying to figure out how to get these under control, so that if it presents itself down the lien we know how to deal with it."

McWane said trainers and doctors will take the final six weeks of the season "to get (Span) feeling good, so we know coming into next year we have a good grip on what's going on."

But that doesn't necessarily mean Span's season is over.

"If he feels like he's ready to play, I believe he's going to play," McWane said.

Span was diagnosed with a condition called Vestibular Neuritis in 2009, and after suffering a concussion on June 3 he said the symptoms he was experiencing were very similar to what he felt two years ago.

"The doctor said the concussion was unique because of the stuff from '09," Span said prior to Thursday's game, adding, "I feel like I'm letting the team down."

Span, who is just 2-for-35 over his last nine games, said he "felt OK" when he returned from the disabled list on August 1, "even though I wasn't getting hits."

Of course, Span is just one of more than a dozen Twins players to land on the disabled list this season, so he hardly stands alone.

Cuddyer has herniation in neck

An MRI on the ailing neck of Michael Cuddyer showed herniation, and the outfielder received an epidural shot to help alleviate the pain.

Cuddyer missed a couple games in 2004 with a similar injury.
"It looked very similar to how it did about (seven) years ago," McWane said, "so it's nothing new."

He added Cuddyer "should get some relief in the next day or two."

The Twins will wait until Friday or Saturday to decide if Cuddyer needs to be placed on the disabled list, but there's hope he could return to the field before the end of the weekend.

Cuddyer and Danny Valencia are the only two offensive regulars who have yet to spend time on the disabled list this season, not counting Ben Revere.

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