FORT MYERS, Fla. With the New York Yankees in town, the Minnesota Twins rolled out what looked like a potential Opening Day lineup -- for a few hours, at least.
Center fielder Denard Span was scratched from the lineup with a stiff neck just before game time. Span played in just 70 games last season due to a concussion and has also been hampered by vestibular neuritis during his career. But Twins general manager Terry Ryan insisted Sunday's neck stiffness wasn't related to either of those issues.
"This has nothing to do with any of that," Ryan said. "He might have slept on it wrong. I don't think there's anything other than just a little stiffness."
Prior to Sunday, Minnesota had managed to stay relatively healthy this spring after an injury-plagued 2011 season. Reliever Joel Zumaya suffered a season-ending arm injury early in camp, but Span's neck stiffness was the first real setback since then.
"If this is the biggest injury we have...