There was plenty of speculation when Twins center fielder Denard Span exited Saturday's game in Kansas City in the eighth inning. Span has frequently been named as one of Minnesota's most valuable trade chips leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Was he taken out because he was traded?
As it turned out, Span just wasn't feeling well after playing in the stifling Kansas City heat at Kauffman Stadium. He was replaced in the lineup by outfielder Darin Mastroianni in the bottom of the eighth inning. Mastroianni came in to play right field and Ben Revere moved from right field to center.
Before leaving the game, Span was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the leadoff spot to lower his average to .276 on the season.
Span is the latest regular in the Twins lineup to miss time this weekend. Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau is currently on the paternity list after his wife, Krista, gave birth to a boy Saturday evening. The Morneaus' second child weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, accordin...