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05/21/08 8:46 PM ET
Broken finger sits Span for 3-4 weeks
Twins prospect suffers injury after hot stretch at the plate
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS - Triple-A Rochester outfielder Denard Span will miss at least three weeks due to a broken middle finger on his left hand. The injury occurred on Tuesday in Rochester's 3-2, 10-inning loss to Syracuse. Span squared up for a bunt in his final at-bat in the ninth, and was struck in the finger by the pitch. Span finished up the at-bat, and even went out to play defense the next inning before realizing the extent of the injury. Jim Rantz, the Twins director of Minor Leagues, said Wednesday that the club doesn't expect to have Span back on the field for 3-4 weeks. It's a disappointing injury for the Twins, who had considered calling up Span this past weekend when Carlos Gomez injured his right wrist. Span, whose primary position has been center field, has hit .327 on the season with a .431 on-base percentage. The center fielder's numbers have been particularly impressive recently, as he's batted .351 with three home runs and five RBIs over his last 10 games. He also recorded three stolen bases during that time. "That stinks," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Span's injury. "It's a part of baseball, but yeah that stinks. He is playing so well and swinging so well, and now he is going to have to sit out for three weeks. That is too bad, too bad. It hurts that ball club, too, because he was playing good for them."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.