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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%: 83/71 | Average Draft Position: 204.75
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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.


Nationals OF Denard Span leaves with knee soreness Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Reds with a sore right knee, according to the Washington Post.

Span left in the eighth inning, but manager Matt Williams said he would have stayed in the game. Span has had the issue in his knee after an awkward play last week against the Cubs. He felt the pain again on Sunday when trying to catch a line drive from Zack Cozart in the sixth.

"It's been kind of off and on since [Chicago]," Span said. "It's been bothering me. Certain movements — sprinting, trying to decelerate, coming down on it."

Span does not have any structural damage in the knee and is hoping to not miss any time with the injury.

"Just sore. Just have to pay attention to it a lot, get treatment on it, probably get on anti-inflammatories and hope that it goes away," Span said.

Span is now hitting .314 with 16 RBI on the year after an 0-for-3 performance on Sunday.


Nationals OF Denard Span now on pace for double-digit homers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span hit his fifth home run of the season in Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to the Cubs. 

Span finished the game 2 for 4, with his homer happening in the top of the eighth inning. Span has never hit more than eight home runs in a season and is currently on pace to hit 18 this year. 

This is Span's 11th multi-hit game in his past 19 outings. 


Nationals OF Denard Span finding his 'old-man strength'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span has rediscovered the long ball this season. Since coming back from an early injury, Span has four home runs, just four away from his career high set in 2009.

"Thanks for pointing that out," said Span to The Washington Post. "I think I'm just getting my old-man strength. It's coming in in the beard, and I think it's starting to show on the field now."

Span is nearly 100 points above his career average in slugging percentage so far this season and has 15 extra-base hits.

"To his pull side, if he's short, he can hit the ball a long way," manager Matt Williams said. "He's had a few of those since he's been back. Just short to the baseball, and he gets elevated."


Nationals CF Denard Span blasts fourth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 1 for 3 at the plate in Washington's 2-1 win over the Cubs on Monday. Span did his damage in the very first inning, blasting a leadoff home run off of Tsuyoshi Wada, his fourth of the season. 

Span is now hitting .316 with 14 RBI in 117 at-bats on the season.


Nationals' Denard Span making his way into mid-season form


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is off and running to start the 2015 season. Span, who started the year on the disabled list is hitting .327 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 23 games this year. It's something Span wasn't expecting, according to MASN Sports.

"I am pleased. Definitely didn't expect to start off as good as I have started off," Span said. "Just a testament of hard work, commitment and just taking my job serious. Even when I was hurt, I was still watching games, paying attention to just small details type stuff and just happy to be back on the field helping my teammates."

Manager Matt Williams has given Span scheduled days off to keep pressure off of his injury.

"The good part about Denard's injury, if there is a good part, was that he was able to swing," Williams said. "The problem was running. Remember back to spring training, he just couldn't explode, he couldn't get to where he wanted to get to defensively. But he never had an issue with swinging because it was a side-to-side movement.

"With that being said, he got reps. He was able to take soft toss. He was able to do some things with his swing. It's a simple swing. That helps, too. So there's not a whole lot of movement. He's not looking to drive baseballs. The power element comes, but it's not what he's looking to do. So, that shortens that time a little bit. And allows him to get back in the flow quicker. I think he's played really well."


Nationals OF Denard Span back in the lineup on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Yankees, the team announced.

Span got the day off on Monday after starting six straight games for Washington. He is hitting .333 with 12 RBI in 93 at-bats this season. The Nationals are currently the favorites (-140) against New York. 


OF's Jayson Werth, Denard Span out of Nationals' lineup for Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Jayson Werth (wrist) and Denard Span are out of the Nationals’ lineup for Sunday in San Diego, as Tyler Moore will make his second straight start in left field, batting sixth, and Michael Taylor will bat leadoff and play centerfield.

Werth left Friday’s game after getting hit on the wrist with a pitch and sat out Saturday’s win.

Span, who's started 12 of the last 13 games for the Nats in centerfield, will sit out for rest.


Nationals CF Denard Span doubles, drives in a run on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span stayed hot at the plate on Tuesday, going 2 for 3 with his eighth double of the season. He also walked and drove in his 10th run of the year as the Nationals fell 14-6 to the Diamondbacks.

Span is batting an even .300 over his last 10 games with seven extra-base hits (two homers and five doubles) over that stretch. 


Nationals' Denard Span leads game off with home run


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span took the second pitch of the game deep to right field for a solo home run in Monday night's 11-1 win over the Diamondbacks. 

This is Span's third home run of the season. He finished the game 2 for 5 with two RBI. Span has now recorded 15 hits in his past 10 games. His slash line is now .292/.342/.514.