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Denard Span's Uncharted Health Issue

So, Denard Span left the Twins yesterday to go seek further treatment and investigation for a medical condition. A shoulder injury? Nope. To the great relief of Minnesota fans, he doesn't have a date with Dr. James Andrews on the calendar. A knee problem? Not that either. Instead, Span continues to struggle with unchecked dizziness, and team doctors just can't figure out what's wrong with the center fielder.

Span left last night's Minnesota win against Oakland in the second inning after struggling with yet another bout of severe dizziness. The Twins doctors are working under the assumption that Span's condition may have something to do with his thyroid, but they aren't sure, and he's plenty worried about the condition.

"It's just scary," Span said. "It just aggravates. I know something's wrong. I know I how feel. Just not knowing what it is or why. I think when I find out why, I'll feel a little bit better. ... I just feel like I can't focus and concentrate when I'm hitting. I can kind of get away with it when I'm playing defense because things aren't happening as fast in the outfield.

"Last couple days I've been feeling it, feeling the same way a little bit, but as the game would go on, things would get a little better. Today, I felt it in BP, but kept thinking once I start playing, once the game comes, I'll be all right. Just didn't feel right. I think my last at-bat, I just didn't even see the ball. I fouled off a pitch. I just feel like I didn't see the ball clearly out of his hand."

Span will see a specialist that was identified by the team back in Minnesota, and the team hopes that will sort out exactly what's causing the severe dizziness. Until then, the Twins, and Span, will have to wait, play shorthanded and continue to worry.

"He came and said he's really not feeling very good at all," Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So we are sending him home to see a specialist. He missed an appointment when he was home, the last homestand. He's going to have to go home and make that appointment. We're just going to have to play short here, and we're going to ... find out exactly what's going on."

By Cameron Smith  |  June 10, 2009; 2:58 PM ET
Categories:  Twins  | Tags: Denard Spann, Ron Gardenhire, Twins, medical issues  
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Health first. Good luck, Denard.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | June 11, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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