Claustrophobia prevented Denard Span from completing MRI on injured clavicle

08/22/2012 at 5:54 pm By



The Minnesota Twins have been without the services of center fielder Denard Span since August 12. During the team’s 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Span suffered injuries to his neck and shoulder diving for a fly ball and was initially expected to only miss a few games. Today he missed his ninth consecutive game.

After having an MRI on his neck and shoulder on Monday Span was set to have one on his clavicle Tuesday. But that one didn’t go as well as the first.

I don’t know what else to say,” Span said. “It’s embarrassing that I couldn’t get it done today, but bottom line, I stayed there for an hour trying to get it done. Just couldn’t do it, man. I tried my best. When they strapped me in there and told me I couldn’t move for 35 minutes, I just couldn’t do it.”

“I think the most important test was on my neck, and I got through that one,” he said. “I’m just going to continue to rehab and push myself. We know it’s not broken. Hopefully I just continue to get better and hope that I can play.”

The good news is, like Span said, he was able to make it through the one on his neck and that one checked out okay. And he has resumed taking batting practice, so there’s a chance the Twins may not have to place him on the disabled list.

For the season Span his hitting .287/.351/.397 with 3 home runs, 34 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and is second on the team in hits with 121 in 104 games.

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