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Updated: July 31st, 2011 6:21pm
Twins to reinstate Denard Span from DL; Luke Hughes optioned

Twins to reinstate Denard Span from DL; Luke Hughes optioned

by Phil Mackey
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Just a few hours after electing to hold onto center fielder Denard Span through Sunday's trade deadline, the Minnesota Twins announced that Span will be activated from the disabled list in time for Tuesday's game in Anaheim.

To make room, the team optioned infielder Luke Hughes to Triple-A Rochester.

Span was scheduled to finish out his Triple-A rehab assignment with Rochester on Sunday before hopping on a flight to Anaheim Monday.

Span suffered whiplash and a concussion while sliding into home plate on June 3 in Kansas City, and he hasn't played since June 6 in Cleveland. Prior to being sidelined, Span was hitting .294/.361/.385 with 14 extra-base hits and four stolen bases.

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: Luke Hughes, Denard Span