MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins third baseman Joe Crede missed a second straight game against the Red Sox with a sore right hand, but he received good news when X-rays came back negative Tuesday night.
"It's just a bruise in a bad spot," Crede said before getting the results. "We don't think it's anything."
Crede was hit by a pitch Sunday against Milwaukee in the sixth inning and left the game in the top of the seventh after he was unable to grip the baseball. He was still experiencing some swelling in the hand Tuesday afternoon and didn't take part in batting practice.
"He's still very sore in his right hand," Gardenhire said. "It's a concern because he's not playing and he can't grip the bat right now."
The Twins will see if Crede can grip a bat on Wednesday, and he may start swinging again if all goes well.
While Minnesota was without Crede again, outfielder Denard Span was back in the lineup Tuesday after missing two games due to dizziness and fatigue. Although Span said he could have played Monday, Gardenhire kept him out as a precautionary measure and started Carlos Gomez in center field.
But on Tuesday, Span and team doctors determined he was feeling well enough to play. He led off against the Red Sox and went 0-for-1 with an RBI.
"He came in today and told me he feels good, ready to play," Gardenhire said before the game.
"I woke up this morning feeling so-so, but I got moving around, went to the doctor and just got my day started earlier than normal," Span said. "As the day went on, I started feeling a lot better."
With Tuesday's night game following Monday's day game, Span was able to get some much-needed rest before returning to the lineup. He's expecting test results Wednesday, which he hopes will bring some answers.
"I had a chance to go home and get off my feet and relax a little bit," Span said. "[On Wednesday], I'll find out hopefully exactly why I've been feeling what I've been feeling. Hopefully it's nothing major."
Tyler Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.