Span not 100 percent, but will try to tough it out

Span not 100 percent, but will try to tough it out

ARLINGTON -- Denard Span returned to the Twins' lineup on Saturday after sitting out Friday's game against the Rangers, starting in center field and leading off.

He had two hits in Thursday's 10-6 loss to the Rangers after missing the previous nine games with a collarbone injury he suffered while sliding to catch a fly ball Aug. 12. Span has played in 106 of the team's 126 games, missing three games in May with a sore hamstring, but not landing on the DL since last June, when he was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

"Honestly, I'm not even sure I'll be 100 percent for the rest of the season," Span said. "But I'm good enough to go out there and play and help my team. Going off how I feel, I'll be day to day, but playing every game is possible."

The left-handed-hitting Span, after facing a right-handed starter in Ryan Dempster on Saturday, should also start when Scott Feldman goes for the Rangers in Sunday's series finale. Span said that he wasn't sure if he'd be tentative trying to make another sliding grab, but manager Ron Gardenhire isn't concerned.

"Instincts take over when you're playing the game of baseball," Gardnehire said. "We don't ever see Denard dive, he always slides to the ball. That's the way he makes plays. I'd be more worried about him going up against the wall than I would him diving or sliding for the ball. The only reason he hurt his shoulder last time was that he slid on his knees, they stuck in the ground and he did a front flip -- a half-gainer that would not have scored any points at the Olympics."