MINNEAPOLIS -- The 2011 season was one to forget for the 99-loss Minnesota Twins -- especially for center fielder Denard Span.
Span suffered a concussion in early June when he collided at the plate with Kansas City Royals catcher Brayan Pena. Span tried to play again a few days later but was ultimately shut down for two months. During that time, it was clear the injury weighed on Span emotionally as much as it did physically.
But after taking time this offseason to get his head right, the 27-year-old sounds optimistic as he prepares for 2012.
"It's probably the best I've felt in two years," Span said Friday. "I don't want to jinx myself, or step out too far yet, because I won't know until I get down there in spring training and get to playing baseball every day and get on the field for five or six hours. But I can honestly say it's been a long but good offseason."
As the Twins' leadoff batter last season, Span was hitting .300 with a .367 on-base percentage before the injury. Wh...