Span played in 10 rehab games with Triple-A Rochester, hitting .205
with a double and three stolen bases before being officially activated
from the disabled before Tuesday's game. Infielder Luke Hughes was
optioned to Rochester on Sunday to make room.
Span, who missed 48 games, said the concussion was especially tough
because it was difficult to put a timetable on his return.
"It wasn't easy," he said. "You would think I would be mentally
refreshed right now from not playing, not going 0-for-4, 0-for-5 for
the past two months, but if anything I feel a little like I've been
through a war these past two months. But I think it's made me
Span also talked about how he felt regarding the trade rumors that
swirled last week, as he was linked to the Nationals in a trade that
would have sent closer Drew Storen to Minnesota. He said he was "very
surprised" to hear his name in trade rumors but understands it was
part of the business.
"When I signed that deal a year ago, I thought I would be here five
years, at least four," said Span, who signed a five-year, $16.5
million contract extension before last season that includes an option
for 2015. "I thought at least close to free agency, if they had to do
what they had to do. But I didn't think by the second year I'd be
talked about getting out of here. So that was definitely a surprise."
Span also added he would be OK with playing a corner outfield spot, if
necessary, as the Twins have a crowded outfield with Ben Revere,
Delmon Young, Jason Repko, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel on the
roster. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Span will be in center,
as he didn't want to play in any games in left or right field during
his rehab stint.
"We talked before, about doing that in the Minor Leagues, but we
didn't get that done," Gardenhire said. "So he's in the big leagues,
in center field."
Span, who was hitting .294 with a .361 on-base percentage in 56 games
before hitting the disabled list, also said he expects to have similar
production the rest of the season.
"I haven't played in two months, but I hold myself to high
expectations," Span said. "I'm going to get back to where I was. When,
I don't know. But I'm going to get back there. I'm going to work and
do what I have to do, whether it's in the cage, or on the field or
whatever and do whatever it takes to get back to that feeling. I'd be
lying to you right now, if I told you I felt like I felt right before
I got hurt. But you know, it's going to come."