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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: 7 | Salary: $4,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 93/84 | Average Draft Position: 199.55
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Nationals' Span happy with progress after from core muscle surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span has been able to run sprints in the outfield, swing a lighter bat than he is used to and throw from as far as 200 feet over the last week, according to The Washington Post. Span is recovering from core muscle surgery March 9.

“The last three days were really good,” Span said on Sunday. “Overall, it’s been feeling a lot better than I anticipated or a lot of people anticipated feeling this soon.”

Span is expected to stay back in Florida for extended spring training when camp ends. He doesn't have a timetable for his return, but estimates are he will be back in early-to-mid-May.

“Mentally, I’m a lot better than I was before surgery and a little bit after surgery, just knowing that I’m getting better each day and inching closer to getting back to re-joining the ball club and doing what I love to do,” he said. “It’s been a tough six months for me. I’ve been dealing this since the season ended last year. The last few days, just to be out here sprinting and doing things that I normally do has been very easing to my mind.”


Nationals OF Denard Span throws long toss on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span threw long toss with distances up to 150 feet on Saturday, according to MLB.com. Span ,who underwent core muscle surgery in early March, was also able to swing a bat for the first time since the procedure on Friday. He's targeting a return to the Nationals in May.

Denard Span takes swings for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span was able to swing a back for the first time since abdominal surgery on March 9. 

Span had a procedure to fix a small tear in his right abdomen. 

Span was able to swing a fungo bat in the batting cage, per MLB.com's Jamal Collier.

"It's good progress," manager Matt Williams said. "It's part of the rehab progression. Of course, yeah, we want him back as quickly as possible, keeping in mind that he's just coming off of surgery. So any time you have to go in there, you have to take time to get well again. But yeah, it's encouraging."


Nationals' Span set to take first swings since undergoing surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is scheduled to swing a fungo in the batting cage Friday, per The Washington Times. It will be his first swings since undergoing core muscle surgery in early March.

"It's good progress," Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "It's part of the rehab progression. Of course we want him back as quickly as possible, keeping in mind that he's just coming off of surgery. So anytime you have to go in there, you have to take time to get well again. But yeah, it's encouraging.

"We just want to make sure that we go through that progression accordingly, and when he's ready, he's ready. But it's a really good sign that he's able to do some stuff, especially this early. It's going to be light, of course, but nonetheless he's doing it, so that's a good sign."


Nationals CF Denard Span (abdominal) likely to return in May


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Center fielder Denard Span is looking at a return to the Nationals in May, according to MLB.com

Span tore an abdominal muscle and needed surgery to repair it. He was cleared this week to perform walking exercises and lower ab workouts. This surgery came after Span started feeling pain following a hernia surgery in December. 

"It's just frustrating. We went through this three months ago," Span said. "It was an obstacle for me to come back and having the [hernia] surgery done during the offseason. It will be another obstacle to get back in the swing of things this year. I'm not discouraged by any means. If anything, I'm just trying to get myself mentally prepared for those obstacles."

Span is an integral part to the Nationals and having him out for a month will be tough. Span was one of the Nationals' most consistent hitters in 2014, posting a .302 average with 37 RBI. His 184 hits were a career-best. 


Nationals' Denard Span undergoes surgery on core muscle


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span underwent surgery to repair his right core muscle Monday, the team announced.

Span underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia in December, but it's not clear if the two procedures are related. He played in just one spring game, going 0 for 2 Thursday.

Manager Matt Williams said the timetable for Span's recovery is up in the air, but it could be four-to-six weeks before he's ready to resume baseball activity. The outfielder is expected to rejoin the team by the end of the week to begin the rehab process.


Nationals' Williams: McLouth, Werth limited, Span a full-go Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that everyone arrived at camp as of Wednesday. He said that Nate McLouth (shoulder) and Jayson Werth (shoulder) will be limited on Thursday, and Denard Span (hernia) will be a "full-go," per the Washington Times.

Nationals CF Denard Span looking forward to free agency


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Center fielder Denard Span is in the final year of his deal with the Nationals. And according to The Washington Post, Span is looking forward to testing free agency when the time comes.

“Have I thought about it this offseason? Of course," Span said. "I’ve worked my whole career to get to this point, to be a free agent. But at the same time, I’m concentrating on trying to do the best that I can to help this ball club win. I feel like if I do my job and we do our jobs collectively I’ll get compensated and everything will fall into place.”

The Nationals have yet to approach Span about a new contract.

Span had one of the better seasons in his career in 2014, hitting .302 with 37 RBI and 31 stolen bases.


Nationals' Span: 'Working toward' being ready from Day 1 of camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is doing well in his recovery from sports hernia surgery in December, per MASNsports.com.

"I'm working toward Day 1 being able to work through all the drills and do everything I'm supposed to be doing," Span said during an interview with MLB Network. "But from talking with our training staff, they say they're going to be a little smart. You know, the last month and a half, I've been pushing myself as far as workouts and swinging and getting my fly balls and my ground balls just to prepare myself for spring training."


Nats' Span has hernia surgery, should be ready for spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Nationals announced Wednesday center fielder Denard Span underwent sports hernia surgery. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

Span said he should be recovered in six weeks, according to MLB.com. Span said he sustained the injury late in the 2014 season, but it wasn't bad enough to miss any games. Span hoped rest would be enough for the pain to subside, but it didn't after he started offseason workouts.

Span hit .302 in 2014, which was the second-highest batting average of his career. He hit .311 in 2009 with the Twins. He also had a .355 on-base percentage, .416 slugging percentage, .771 OPS and a career-high 31 stolen bases in 147 games this season.


Nationals opt to bring back Denard Span


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Nationals have picked up outfielder Denard Span's option for 2015, according to The Washington Post

Span is set to earn $9 million next year. He was fantastic in 2014, hitting .302/.355/.416 over 610 at-bats. 


Denard Span set to sit Thursday against Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Nationals leadoff hitter Denard Span remains out Thursday against the visiting Mets with a knee issue. He sustained the injury Tuesday and did not play Wednesday.

The absence from the lineup will almost certainly destroy his chances at scoring 100 runs this season. He is sitting at 93, four off the career-high he set in 2009.


Denard Span dealing with mild knee injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Natuonals center fielder Denard Span was removed in the third inning of the Tuesday game against the Mets due to a right knee injury. He sustained it making a sprawling catch on a shot hit to left-center by Matt den Dekker.

The injury will prevent Span from playing Wednesday, but it is not considered serious. He was walking and putting pressure on the knee after the game, according to MLB.com.


Nationals rest several regulars


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) For their Sunday matchup at the Marlins, the Nationals left Ian Desmond, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos out of their starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman, who made his return from a two-month hiatus due to a hamstring injury on Saturday, was also not in Sunday's lineup.

Denard Span slugs two home runs in win vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span went 2 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers Monday.

Span delivered his team's third solo home run of the game in the third inning and then added a two-run blast in the fifth. The big performance doubled Span's home-run total in one night. He has hit .299/.349/.416 with four home runs, 31 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 531 at-bats.


Denard Span homers in three-hit game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in his team's 8-4 loss to the Phillies Wednesday.

Span gave his team a 4-2 lead with his fifth-inning home run, but the Phillies were able to score six unanswered runs in the last four innings to come out on top. Span has hit .300/.351/.407 with two home runs, 28 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 513 at-bats.


Denard Span set to sit Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is grabbing some pine Wednesday night against the Mets in favor of Michael Taylor.

Span had his hitting streak stopped Tuesday at 14 games. A hot stretch sent his average soaring from .275 to .303 since July 22.


Denard Span not going away


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/5/2014) After two monster weeks, Denard Span ranks 15th among outfielders in Head-to-Head points leagues to date. He's best suited for that format, but even in Rotisserie leagues, he ranks a respectable 23rd.

He's on a career-high steals pace (34) after disappointing in that category for most of his career, which helps his Rotisserie ranking, but otherwise, he isn't doing anything he hasn't shown the ability to do in the past (making consistent contact, drawing a useful number of walks, piling up doubles, etc.). He's just doing it all at once -- and with good health to boot.

To be fair, he's always been undervalued in points leagues, ranking 35th among outfielders in that format last year, but most mixed-league owners would rather gamble on a top-50 outfielder with a shot at top 20-status than a top-35 outfielder with no room to grow. I know I would.

Clearly, though, Span has grown, and while I can still put together a lengthy list of outfielders I'd rather own in Fantasy, I'm no longer bypassing him on principle. To put it another way, I wouldn't consider him a top-15 outfielder going forward, but top-40 makes him too valuable to sit in most leagues.


Denard Span has improved plate discipline in July


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span's on-base percentage has been on the rise in July. It has gone from .312 at the start of the month to .348 through Wednesday's game at Miami, and a large reason for the improvement has been because of the 16 walks Span has drawn in 23 games this month.

"I think it just comes from being in a good position to hit," Span said, per The Washington Post. "Obviously that results in me seeing the ball better. It’s been a good feeling because I haven’t walked like this in a while. I know that this is something I’m capable of doing. My walks have been down the last three or four years. It’s just good that I’ve been able to see a lot of pitches and confident to hit with two strikes and just trusting myself just to get into deeper counts."

Span is also batting .363 (33 for 91) in July, which has helped boost his average from .265 to .288.

"I’m in a pretty good position to hit," Span said. "I think that’s allowing me to see the ball a lot sooner, a lot better and lay off some good pitchers’ pitches, and put the balls in play that are strikes."


Denard Span records second straight 4-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span continued his absurdly hot hitting Friday, in a 4-1 win over the Reds.

Span put together his second four-hit game in a row Friday, as he went 4 for 5 at the top of the lineup. Span scored once and drove in one run, his second game in a row with an RBI as well.

Span now has seven multi-hit games in his last 10, and is hitting .387/.446/.440 in the month of July. 


Denard Span collects sixth multi-hit game in July


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span collected multiple hits for a fourth straight game and sixth time in July Sunday against the Brewers. He tallied two singles and a walk in a 5-4 win.

Span is batting .351 (20 for 57) with four doubles, five walks, 11 runs and three stolen bases in 14 July games.


Denard Span racking up extra-base hits


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Nationals center fielder Denard Span ranks third in the NL with 28 doubles and is on pace to shatter his previous career high of 38 set in 2012, reports the Washington Post. He has five triples and has a chance to match the career-best 11 he hit last season.

Nearly 40 percent of Span’s hits have gone for extra bases.

"I’ve never considered myself a singles guy or slap-type hitter," he told the paper. "I’ve always been a guy that can drive the ball. Just so happens I’ve been hitting a lot of doubles this year. I’ve hit a lot of triples in my career over the years. I wish that some of those doubles would go over the wall every now and then. I think it’s a tribute to my hard work and working with [hitting coach] Rick Schu in the cage, just concentrating on my swing."


Denard Span catching break in nightcap


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is getting a rest in the second game of the doubleheader Saturday night against the Cubs. Nate McLouth will man the position instead.

Span has been a steady and productive contributor most of the season, though he has fallen into a 3-for-22 slide.


Denard Span rejoins starting lineup Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span returned to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Astros as expected after being scratched Sunday due to back stiffness. Span is mired in a 0-for-18 slump over his last five games.

Denard Span expected to play Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span told reporters his back stiffness is not a concern moving forward. Span, who missed Sunday's game, is expected to play Tuesday against the Astros, MASN Sports reports.