DETROIT -- Twins center fielder Denard Span was a late scratch from the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers, as he's still bothered by symptoms stemming from his concussion sustained on June 3 in a home-plate collision with Royals catcher Brayan Pena.
Ben Revere, originally slated to play left field, made the start in center field in his place, as Trevor Plouffe moved from second base to left field and Matt Tolbert started at second.
Span, who missed 48 games with his concussion before returning on Aug. 2, has struggled since making his return, batting just .057 with nine strikeouts and three walks in 38 plate appearances.
He asked for the day off in Cleveland on Sunday -- in a game that was eventually rained out -- and was expected to play on Monday, as he was originally penciled in as the club's center fielder and leadoff hitter.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hinted before the game that Span could be removed from the lineup if he dealt with any concussion symptoms.
"If he has any issues I'll take him out, and make adjustments from there," Gardenhire said before the lineup change was announced.
Cuddyer out again with neck strain
DETROIT -- Michael Cuddyer, who strained his neck during early batting practice on Friday, missed his fourth straight game, as he was out of the starting lineup against the Tigers on Monday.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes Cuddyer can make his return during the three-game series in Detroit, but he just wasn't healthy enough to play Monday.
"Cuddy is not quite ready today," Gardenhire said. "He still feels it in his neck. He's going to do a little bit. But he's not going to play."
Cuddyer, who is one of only a few Twins regulars to not see time on the disabled list this year, is hitting .295 with 18 homers and 61 RBIs this season.
Revere to see more time in outfield
DETROIT -- With Delmon Young having been sent to the Tigers via trade on Monday, the Twins will turn to rookie Ben Revere as their starting left fielder down the stretch.
Revere, who was blocked by a crowded outfield that included Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer and Denard Span, will now get his chance to see regular playing time.
He was the club's regular center fielder when Span missed 48 games with a concussion suffered on June 3, but now his role won't be a temporary one with Young in Detroit. He also started in center on Monday, as Span was a late scratch with lingering concussion symptoms.
"Revere has been an exciting player for us this year," Twins general manager Bill Smith said. "We'll see how it plays. This is the time to make this deal and move forward, and get a chance to see Ben Revere now."
Revere admitted the deal was bittersweet, as he liked Young as a teammate, but knows the trade opens up more playing time for him.
"A little bit, yeah," Revere said. "I'm going to get a lot more playing time now. So it should be a good experience. Hopefully, I can just focus on getting back into the race even though we don't have too much time. So anything I can do to help, I'm going to do it."