Twins OF Span cleared to start rehab assignment

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span has doctor's clearance to begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment, five weeks after suffering a concussion.

Twins head athletic trainer Rick McWane said Friday that Span will travel Saturday and play center field for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. Outfielder Jason Kubel will join him and serve as the designated hitter for the Red Wings, re-starting his rehab after a setback to his sprained left foot two weeks ago. Kubel was first hurt May 30 and hasn't played for the Twins since.

Span has been out since June 7, the result of concussion symptoms stemming from a collision at home plate. Per Major League Baseball guidelines, Span will have to pass more tests before he can be activated from the disabled list.