Span takes swings in cage, still not ready to return

Span takes swings in cage, still not ready to return

OAKLAND -- Twins center fielder Denard Span missed his ninth straight game on Wednesday with an injured right shoulder stemming from an awkward dive in center field on Aug. 12.

Span took batting practice on the field for the first time before Tuesday's game and took swings in the cages before Wednesday's game. But he's still not ready to return.

"I think it went pretty good," Span said. "It was my first day swinging in over a week. So I'm going to heat it up and try to get it going in the cage today and repeat what I did. Hopefully, I'll feel better than I did yesterday."

Span, though, said he still doesn't know when he'll return and isn't sure if he'll be retroactively placed on the disabled list. If placed on the 15-day DL, he wouldn't be able to return until Tuesday.

"I'm not worried about it," Span said. "It's out of my control. If my shoulder is ready to go, I'm going to play. If it's not ready to go, there's nothing I can do about it. If they decide to place me on the disabled list, it's not going to make my shoulder better overnight."