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Span leaves game with shoulder bruise

Span leaves game with shoulder bruise

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins center fielder Denard Span was wearing a patch on the back of his right shoulder after Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Brewers, but he didn't seem too concerned about the bruise that forced him to leave the contest in the sixth inning.

"It's just stiff," Span said of the area in his upper back near his right shoulder.

Span suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch from Brewers starter Marco Estrada in the third inning of Sunday's contest. But he remained in the game after getting hit, stealing second base and then scoring on Orlando Hudson's single to left field.

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The Twins' center fielder had one more at-bat in the fourth, delivering a single to center, and played three more innings in the field before Alexi Casilla pinch-hit for him with one out in the sixth.

"I tried to keep going, but it bothered me when I was running," Span said. "Also, if I would have tried to make a strong throw, it would have bothered me. It wasn't getting any better. ... Coming in between innings and just sitting there, it kept getting stiff."

Span is currently listed as day-to-day with the injury. But he likely won't miss any time. The center fielder said he was told that there is no need for him to come in for treatment during the team's off-day on Monday, and so he could be ready to play for Tuesday's series opener against the Yankees.

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