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Twins place Denard Span on 7-day concussion disabled list

Denard Span

Minnesota Twins’ Denard Span (2) looks for the call from home plate umpire Mike Everitt, top right, after being forced out at home by Kansas City Royals catcher Brayan Penawhile trying to stretch a triple during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 3, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Still “dizzy” and “foggy” following a relatively minor-looking home plate collision Friday night, Denard Span has been placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions by the Twins.

Span was diagnosed with a mild concussion after spending four hours being examined by doctors in Minnesota yesterday and the Twins are all too aware of the havoc a concussion can have on a player after losing Justin Morneau for the final three months of last season.

Further complicating the situation is that Span had problems with vertigo in 2009 and still deals with some symptoms from that, telling Dave Campbell of the Associated Press: “Every now and then I’ll feel like spaced out and feel like the room is moving a little bit.”

Rene Tosoni was called up from Triple-A to replace Span on the roster and the Twins are close to getting both Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka back from the disabled list, but Span has been the team’s most valuable all-around player while hitting .294 with a .361 on-base percentage atop the lineup and playing standout defense in center field.