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2 Denard Span CF
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 2/27/1984 | Birthplace: Washington, DC | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $4,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 73/5 | Average Draft Position: 204.56
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Nationals' Denard Span still not swinging bat


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is still doing back strengthening exercises as he returns from back tightness that landed him on the 15-day disabled list. 

Span still hasn't started swinging a bat, manager Matt Williams said, per the Washington Post.


Nationals' Span receives cortisone injection, could ramp up activity


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span received a cortisone injection in his back, according to CSNwashington.com. He could ramp up his rehab in the coming days after playing catch and light jogging thus far.

"I feel better," Span said, per the Associated Press. "(But) I haven't swung a bat so it's kind of hard to tell where I'm at."


Nationals' Denard Span playing catch, almost ready to start hitting


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span played catch before Friday's game. Span has been on the 15-day disabled list with back tightness, and he's going through a “serious program” to strengthen his back, manager Matt Williams said, per the Washington Post

“He’s really close to getting back out and hitting again,” Williams said. “What we don’t want to do is have a repeat. All the tests were good. He’s okay, but he’s continuing to strengthen his core and work on his flexibility. He’ll be ready to go soon.”


Back injury results in DL stint for Nationals CF Denard Span


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) The Nationals placed center fielder Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to back tightness. The move is retroactive to July 7.

Manager Matt Williams said Span has no structural issues with his back. He has been given new exercises to strengthen his back, which was likely weak after undergoing two abdomen surgeries in three months.

The 31-year-old Span is 10th in the NL in batting average (.304) through 59 games. He has totaled 15 doubles, five home runs, 22 RBI, 24 walks and 37 runs. He is also 11 for 11 in stolen base attempts.


Report: Nationals CF Denard Span (back) could go on 15-day DL


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span could be heading to the 15-day disabled list, a source told MLB.com. Span has been dealing with back spasms over the past several days, and hasn't played since leaving Monday's game early, though he has been dealing with the issue for the better part of a month. 

Span visited a back specialist on Thursday, with the source indicating that the visit "went well". Span had already ruled himself out of the upcoming weekend series in Baltimore. And with the All-Star break right around the corner, the Nationals could get by with Span resting on the DL for a few days.

When healthy, Span has been mostly productive for the Nationals. In the eight games prior to Monday's contest, Span was batting .286 (8 for 28) with seven walks and four runs scored.

The team has not confirmed if Span is indeed going on the DL or not. 


Nationals CF Denard Span (back) still out on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span remains sidelined on Wednesday, as he continues to be bothered by a case of back spasms. Span was forced to leave Monday's contest, and also missed Tuesday's game with the injury. 

Span will see a back specialist on Thursday, and will likely miss the weekend series in Baltimore, though a trip to the disabled list does not seem to be in the cards.

Michael Taylor will continue to replace Span at the top of the order and in center field. 


Nationals CF Denard Span sits on Tuesday with back spasms


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds. Span exited Monday's game with back spasms, and is unable to go on Tuesday.

Span had an MRI on Tuesday, and is expected to see a specialist Thursday to determine the cause of this back issue that has been nagging him for quite some time.

Michael Taylor will fill in for Span in center field and in the leadoff spot in the lineup.


Nationals' Denard Span leaves Monday's game with back issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span was pulled from Monday's game against the Reds after suffering back spasms, the team announced.

Span left after two innings. He has been battling back spasms recently. He will be reevaluated Tuesday. Matt den Dekker replaced him in the outfield.


Nationals CF Denard Span out of lineup Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Giants.

Span, who is just taking a day off and is not injured, will be replaced by Michael Taylor in center field and in the leadoff spot.

Span has been hot with his bat lately, hitting .381 with eight hits over his last six games.


Nationals OF Denard Span returns to lineup Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span was back in the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Philadelphia on Sunday, the team announced.

Span will be in his usual leadoff spot and play center field. He will face Kevin Correia, who he is 2 for 7 against in his career.

The Nationals are favored (-150) in Game 1 at Philadelphia on Sunday.


Nationals' Denard Span to miss second straight with back spasms


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Nationals cetner fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for the second straight game on Saturday. 

Span is sidelined with back spasms. which have plagued him throughout the season. 

For the second straight game, Michael Taylor moves over from left to play center. Matt den Dekker replaces Taylor in left, batting eighth in the lineup. 


Nationals CF Denard Span scratched with back spasms Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span has been scratched from Friday's lineup against the Phillies. Span is batting back spasms, which have plagued him for most of the season. 

The team did not provide an update on Span's availability off the bench on Friday, and he should be considered questionable heading into Saturday's game.


Nationals CF Denard Span rolling in the hits during June


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span collected two more hits in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Braves. Span went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, as he continues to swing a hot bat in June.

Over his last 10 games, Span is hitting .333 (13 for 39) with just three strikeouts. He has been nursing some nagging injuries along the way, but that hasn't stopped him from putting up impressive numbers this season. 


Nationals CF Denard Span returns to lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) The Nationals will have their center fielder back for Thursday's game against the Rays. 

After missing Wednesday's game against the Rays, Denard Span is back in his leadoff spot. Span took Wednesday off due to back stiffness. Over the past four games, Span is hitting .375. He holds a .303/.351/.452 slash line this season. 


Nationals CF Denard Span out of the lineup with back stiffness


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup against the Rays on Wednesday because he is dealing with back stiffness, per MLB.com.

Span is freshly removed from a 2 for 4 performance with a RBI, a run and a walk against the Rays on Tuesday. He will be replaced by Michael Taylor in center field.

Span is hitting .375 with six hits and three walks during his last four games.


Nationals CF Denard Span totals 19th multihit game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span produced two singles in four at-bats during a 16-4 rout of the Rays on Tuesday. He added one run, one RBI and one walk.

Span is batting .275 (14 for 51) with two doubles, four RBI, six runs, five walks, five strikeouts and three stolen bases in 12 June games.

Span has 19 multihit games in 2015. His season high for a single game is five hits, which he accomplished on April 28 against the Braves.


Nationals CF Denard Span has six hits in last two games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span had a nice night at the plate in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Brewers. The speedy lead-off hitter had three hits in five at-bats, along with an RBI and two runs scored.

Span has now posted back-to-back three-hit games after going more than a month without having one such performance. He also missed a game earlier this week due to back tightness.

Span doubled to lead-off the game on Thursday, and then scored the game's first run. He later singled in a run in the fourth inning, and scored another later that frame.

Thursday's performance lifted his season average up to .308.


Nationals CF Denard Span returns to starting lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is listed in the starting lineup for Wednesday's series-finale against the Yankees. Span was scratched from Tuesday's game and was lifted from Sunday's game with back tightness.

But he appears good to go on Wednesday, as he'll be in his typical lead-off spot in the batting order. His return pushes Michael Taylor to the bench for the matinee in New York.


Nationals scratch Denard Span from Tuesday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) After originally being placed in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game at the Yankees, Nationals center fielder Denard Span was scratched from the lineup, the team announced.

Span has been dealing with back spasms and he has three hits in his last 24 at-bats. Michael Taylor will replace Span in center and bat eighth, while Yunel Escobar will bat in the leadoff spot.

The Nationals are the underdogs (+130) at New York on Tuesday.


Nationals CB Denard Span ready to roll Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) A back issue that forced Nationals center fielder Denard Span from the game Sunday does not have him out Tuesday against the host Yankees. He is in his typical leadoff spot.

Span is on a 3-for-24 slide, but still boasts a strong slash line of .291/.333/.456.


Nationals CF Denard Span removed Sunday with back spasms


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Nationals leadoff hitter and center fielder Denard Span was removed from the game Sunday in the eighth inning after experiencing back spasms, the Washington Post has reported.

"Never happened to me before so it definitely scared the heck out of me," Span said afterward.

Span had been dealing with knee soreness, but has not missed considerable action since the first two weeks of the season.

"Hopefully [my back] feels better [Monday] when I wake up," he said. "That will be a little bit more peaceful for me. But it’s still too early. I don’t know how serious or really what’s going on."


Nationals CF Denard Span returns to lineup on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's tilt against the Blue Jays. Span missed both games of Tuesday's doubleheader due to knee soreness, but he's good to go for Wednesday.

Span is returning to center field and his normal perch at the top of the Nationals' lineup. His return will move Michael Taylor back to a bench role for Wednesday's contest.


Nationals CF Denard Span (knee) out for Game 2 of twinbill


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/2/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span remains out of the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays. Span has not played since exiting Sunday's game with right knee soreness. The team has not indicated whether Span would be available off the bench for the nightcap.

Michael Taylor will once again get the start in center field while Span heals up. Span said he hopes to play Wednesday, but he won't know until after taking batting practice, reports CSNWashington.com.


Nationals' Denard Span out of lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday DH


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Manager Matt Williams said that an MRI on Span's injured knee just revealed swelling, MASNSports.com reports.

"He had a picture taken of it," Williams said. "He banged it, so there's some swelling in there. Trying to get that out of there as quickly as possible."

The outfielder will continue to have his knee worked on, and he may be available to play in Game 2 of the doubleheader.

"He'll be here, get some more treatment, we'll see how he is for Game 2," Williams said. "Good treatment yesterday, in fact we had a day off allowed him to do nothing yesterday and treat it, was good. That's about the only thing good about a rainout. So we'll see how he is for Game 2."

Span has hit .314/.356/.504 with five home runs, 16 RBI and three stolen bases in 137 at-bats.


Nationals CF Denard Span (knee) held out of Monday's lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span was held out of the starting lineup Monday against the Blue Jays, one day after leaving Sunday's game due to right knee soreness. Michael Taylor took his spot in the starting lineup.

Span posted a .319/.363/.489/.852 slash line in 23 May games. He also has three home runs, seven doubles, nine RBI, 12 runs, seven walks and two stolen bases in May.