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Span placed on DL, Mauer heads to right

Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:09 pm
 
SpanBy Evan Brunell

Denard Span was placed on the disabled list by the Twins after not appearing in a game since Saturday.

To replace Span on the roster, infielder Luke Hughes was recalled. However, between Span's DLing, the trade of Delmon Young to Detroit and Michael Cuddyer day to day with with an injured neck,  Minnesota is all of a sudden short in the outfield.

That's why Joe Mauer is playing right field on Thursday as Luke Hughes struggles to get to the Twins in time, leaving Minnesota with just nine healthy position players, as 1500 ESPN reports. Forced into outfield duty by necessity, its Mauer's first career game in the outfield. Mauer has also played first base, doing so 12 times in his career -- all this season.

Mauer hasn't played the outfield except "maybe a couple games in town ball," he told ESPN, but "I guess it was either me or [Justin Morneau]. It's just been an interesting year. Hopefully we get through today and get some guys in here, and hopefully it's just a one-time deal."

Mauer mentioned that had Hughes been available, he would have been catching. Instead, backup Drew Butera will draw the assignment.

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