Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Denard Span will not join the Twins during their three-game series at Wrigley Field that begins this afternoon because the team has been unable to uncover the source of his dizziness:
Team doctors have him on medication for an inner ear infection and don't want him to travel. The first time Span's dizziness came about he started on medication for an inner ear infection, but [manager Ron] Gardenhire said the meds made Span feel sick and so he stopped using them. Span also missed an appointment a couple of weeks ago with a thyroid specialist ... Span overslept and missed that appointment. He's been rescheduled with the specialist for Tuesday, Gardenhire said.
Span has been hugely valuable to the Twins since establishing himself as their leadoff man in the middle of last season, hitting .293/.384/.414 with 30 steals, 78 walks, and 105 runs in 150 games. And not only does the lineup suffer without his bat, Ron Gardenhire's frustrating refusal to give Carlos Gomez regular playing time leaves the Twins with a horrendous defensive outfield for the second straight game.
Gomez is one of baseball's elite defensive center fielders, but is apparently so buried in the doghouse that Gardenhire would rather trot out sub par right fielder Michael Cuddyer in center field flanked by awful corner outfielders Delmon Young and Jason Kubel. The combination is among the worst defensive outfields in a long time and, while it didn't hurt the Twins yesterday, will eventually cost them a significant number of runs.
Gomez is an incredibly raw 23-year-old with a great glove and a terrible bat, so it seems obvious that he needs to be playing regularly whether at Triple-A or in Minnesota. Instead, Gardenhire has started him in just 35 of 63 games and would rather go with a trio of below-average corner guys in the outfield than even let Gomez sub for Span. Oh, and here's the kicker: Gomez has a .573 OPS compared to .574 from Young.