Span gets night off after running into wall

Span gets night off after running into wall

Span gets night off after running into wall
MINNEAPOLIS -- Denard Span was given the night off against the Angels on Tuesday, a day after running into the center-field wall in the sixth inning of Monday's 8-3 loss.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, though, said the move was planned even before Span crashed into the wall, as it marked the first time Span was out of the lineup all season. Erik Komatsu made the start in center field and batted leadoff.

"He's played every day and he crashed into the wall last night," Gardenhire said. "He's played every inning of every game except for the one he was thrown out in. So we'll give him a blow. So we'll put the other kid out there and see what happens."

Span said he was shaken up a little bit when he collided with the wall but that it didn't re-trigger any of the concussion-like symptoms that plagued him last season.

"I never ask for a day off, but I've played a lot," Span said. "With what happened last year, I think it's a smart thing. Running into the wall didn't help things, but I feel good."

Komatsu, meanwhile, made his fourth straight start after being claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on Friday.

"He's our hottest hitter -- he had two hits last night," Gardenhire said with a smile. "But that's what he plays at. He's a leadoff guy who can run the bases and steal some bases. He slaps the ball around. That's what he profiles as. So we'll see what he's got."