Span still ailing with sore shoulder

Span still ailing with sore shoulder

SEATTLE -- Center fielder Denard Span is still bothered by soreness in his right shoulder, stemming from an awkward dive in center on Aug. 12, and missed his sixth straight game on Sunday against the Mariners.

Span has yet to take live batting practice, as he's been only taking swings off a tee and doing flip drills. He said his shoulder doesn't affect him when he throws, but that it still hurts when he's swinging the bat.

"I just need to get where I can swing without feeling anything," Span said. "I haven't had anything like that yet. Yesterday started off good, and then it started bothering me. I feel like it's moving in a positive way, but it's starting to get a little frustrating, to be honest with you."

The Twins remain hopeful he'll return to the lineup in the next few days, and are avoiding placing him on the 15-day disabled list because they feel he will be able to play before he'd be eligible to return if he was on the DL.

"It leaves [manager Ron] Gardenhire one guy thin on the bench, but Span could pinch-run," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He could go in there if we got into a bind. But I don't see the scenario where we'll be in a bind. Maybe the last two days when [Ben] Revere was out we could've been in a bind. But we've gotten past that."