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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%: 68/47 | Average Draft Position: 204.79
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Nationals' Denard Span back in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

Span was out for two games while recovering from soreness in the same area of the body that required surgery before the season, but he's able to return to action Sunday as expected. He has hit .302/.340/.535 with two home runs, seven RBI and one stolen base in 43 at-bats.

The Nationals are underdogs (+100) against the Mets Sunday.


Nationals CF Denard Span due back in the lineup Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is expected to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday, according to MLB.com. Span missed the last two games because of soreness in his core muscle. He is hitting .302/.340/.535 on the year.

"He is still a little bit sore. He is available for us. He is fine. It's really early in the process for him," manager Matt Williams said per MLB.com. "You want him to do all the things that he has been doing out there."


Denard Span to miss second straight start for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span will miss his second straight start on Saturday. Span has been sidelined with an injured core muscle.

Michael Taylor will replace Span in center and at leadoff for the Nationals. 


Nationals' Michael Taylor fills in for sore Denard Span on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) As expected, Nationals outfielder Denard Span received a night off to rest his core muscle on Friday against the Mets, per the Washington Post. Span is a lifetime .182 hitter (2 for 11) against New York starter Matt Harvey. He is hitting .302/.340/.535 on the year.

With Span out of the lineup, Nationals manager Matt Williams inserted Michael Taylor in the leadoff spot.


Nationals' Denard Span won't play Friday due to soreness


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span will not play Friday against the Mets due to soreness in his core, according to The Washington Post

Span said the soreness was taking place in the area he recently had surgery in. Span said he came out of the game because he'd been playing a lot lately. Though he won't play Friday, he's hopeful to return either Saturday or Sunday.

"I'm a little sore, but I think I will live," Span said, per MLB.com. "[The soreness] is around the surgery site. It's a little sore. I just followed my intuition. I ran out there and stared to feel it in my last at-bat. I tried to go out there and play defense. My intuition just told me I need to go in and cash it in and see if I can get some treatment on it and feel better tomorrow."

Span went 1 for 2 on Thursday but has been on a tear lately. He now has eight hits in his past three games. 


Nationals center fielder Denard Span cracks second home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 2 for 6 with three RBI in Washington's 13-4 win over the Braves Wednesday.

Span got his damage done with the game already in hand, cracking a 1-2 pitch from John Cornely over the right field wall for a three-run home run, his second of the year. The Nationals have scored 13 runs in each of the team's last two games.

"We definitely needed to wake our bats up the last two games," Span said after the game, per the Associated Press. "It's fun when guys are putting good swings on the ball. The whole cliche that hitting is contagious -- I think the one last night was a good one to carry over to today."

Span, who also doubled in the game, boosted his average to .317 in 41 at-bats this season.


Nationals' Denard Span goes 5 for 6 with four runs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 5 for 6 in Tuesday's 13-12 win over Atlanta. Span scored four times and hit three doubles and a solo home run on the night.

Span improved his average to .314. The doubles and homer were his first of each on the year. He has four RBI. 


Nationals move Bryce Harper to center for Denard Span


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper will move to center field, in place of Denard Span, for Saturday's game. 

"What we have to be mindful of is that we don't want to push [Span] too hard, because this is a long-term thing," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "We have a lot of games left. I want to make sure he is healthy for the rest of the season. Four in a row and a day off is probably the best thing to do. After today, let him go again. He'll let us know how he feels from there. He is playing well."

Reed Johnson gets his second start of the season in right.

The Nationals are -150 money line favorites at Miami. 


Nationals CF Denard Span says he's 'full strength' after return


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Denard Span made his season debut for the Nationals on Sunday after missing the first 12 games with a core injury, and made his presence felt quickly with a hit and run scored, per MASN Sports. 

Span's return to the lineup came sooner than many expected, and after playing his first game in months, the center fielder said he's nearly 100 percent, although he admitted being a bit winded after scoring from second base on a hit.

"I think I'm full strength. I'm not as quick as I was last year, I guess, (at) this time," Span said. "It's still a process. I am going to continue to get stronger, I think, as time goes on, but I feel good running."


Nationals CF Denard Span (core muscle) returns with hit, run scored


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span (core muscle) returned to the lineup for his first game of the season on Sunday and collected a single and a run scored. 

Span had undergone surgery on his core muscle in March and was activated from the 15-day disable list before the game.


Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael Taylor


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) The Nationals activated center fielder Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list Sunday and optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Span had to open the season on the disabled list after underdoing surgery on his core muscle in March. He was able to play in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday before taking Saturday off. He's atop the lineup for Nationals in Sunday's game against the Phillies.

Taylor performed well while filling in as the team's center fielder. He hit .271/.314/.500 with two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases in 48 at-bats. He'll return to Syracuse where he can play every day, but he'll likely be back with the Nationals the next time an outfielder is out for an extended period with an injury.


Nationals outfielder Denard Span may be activated Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is back with the team after undergoing surgery on a right core muscle in March and may be activated Sunday, reports the Washington Post.

Manager Matt Williams said it's a possibility Span is activated Sunday, but it depends on how he feels. 

"I mean, physically like I said I'm fine," Span said. "I played two games in a row, a little fatigued, but the only way that's gonna get better is by playing games and getting back there every day. Early in season, I think everybody's got a little bit of fatigue, it takes time to get in the swing of the season, but I feel fine."

Span played in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday for Washington's minor league team in Hagerstown.


Nationals not sure what to do with Michael Taylor


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor has filled in while Denard Span has been on the disabled list. Taylor is hitting .279 with two home runs this season. 

With Span expected to return from the DL in the near future, the Nationals aren't sure what to do with Taylor. The team could send him to Triple-A so he can continue to play every day, or the team could keep him in the Majors as a bench player. 

"The fact that Mike can play all three positions is important,"  manager Matt Williams said, per MASN Sports. "Days like today where (Jayson Werth's) not in there and days upcoming for Denard if we get to a point were he's played a bunch in a row and needs a day then yeah, there's starts in there. The question for any young player, the consistent at-bats are what really makes your season. That's why we have a minor league system, is because you can give those guys consistent at-bats and they can improve and get better. It's a tough question, ultimately a question we're going to have to answer. We have to look at Michael, at what's best for him, too."


Denard Span may return to Nationals on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Outfielder Denard Span will test his injured abdomen on Saturday and may be able to return from the Nationals' disabled list on Sunday. 

Span will take batting practice in the cage and lift weights on Saturday, per MASN Sports.

Nats manager Matt Williams said "it's possible" that Span could be activated on Sunday. 


Nationals' Denard Span nearing return from disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span, who underwent his second core muscle surgery in three months on March 9, is expected to play a full game with Class A Hagerstown on Friday before receiving the day off on Saturday. He will be evaluated on Sunday before the Nationals decide whether to activate him from the disabled list, according to the Washington Post.

"Depending on how I feel and where we are, I'll sit down and reassess and talk about the pros and cons," Span said.

Span played seven innings in center field for Hagerstown on Thursday, going 3 for 4 with two singles and a solo home run in his second rehab game.

"It's felt pretty good the past couple games," Span said. "I think each day is getting better. [Thursday] it felt really good. Faced a lefty my first three at-bats. Hit a line drive down the left field line and to center field, so that's definitely a good sign that my timing is getting there."

Nationals' Denard Span slugs home run in rehab game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span appeared in his second rehab game with Class A Hagerstown Thursday, going 3 for 4 with one home run and two RBI.

Span is working his way back from right core muscle surgery. He's expected to need one more rehab outing after playing seven innings Thursday.


Nationals' Denard Span to play in at least two more rehab games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span (abdominal) will play at least seven innings in his second game on a rehab assignment Thursday, manager Matt Williams said.

Williams added Span will play in at least one more rehab game after Thursday before potentially activating him off the disabled list, per The Washington Post.


Nats could activate Denard Span soon after second rehab game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span, on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal issue, played seven innings and finished 1 for 4 with a single in his first rehab game on Tuesday. He is scheduled to play a full game while on Double-A rehab assignment on Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, he could be activated shortly after the game, per Comcast SportsNet Washington.

Nationals' Denard Span plays seven innings in first rehab game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span (abdominal) started in centerfield, played seven innings and finished 1 for 4 with a single in his rehab start for Double-A Harrisburg. Span said the plan is now for him to head back to Washington, D.C., after Tuesday's contest, per the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Nationals' Denard Span set to begin rehab assignment Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span (abdominal) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday. He will hit leadoff and start in center field, according to The Washington Times.

Span is expected to play seven innings Tuesday. If all goes well, he will play nine innings Wednesday, per MASNsports.com.

“For me, Denard’s healthy and ready to go,” Williams said. “We’re getting him in baseball shape and getting his timing down. So whatever that takes is what we’ll do. We can’t really say a timetable on it, because we just don’t know.”


Nationals' Denard Span nears rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is set to play seven innings in extended spring training, and he's close to going on a rehab assignment, the Washington Post reports.

Span is a "full go" while running, which had been a problem before surgery to his core muscle. H'll likely spend a few weeks on assignment before making a return in early May.


Nationals OF Denard Span getting closer to rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span (abdominal) played three innings and produced two hits in a simulated game Friday. He will take live batting practice Saturday before playing five innings in a simulated game Sunday.

If all goes to plan, Span will then begin a rehab assignment next week.


Denard Span, Casey Jansen heading back to Viera to resume rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that outfielder Denard Span (abdominal) and reliever Casey Jansen (shoulder) will return to Viera, Fla. after Thursday's matinee against the Mets to continue their respective rehabs, per the team's official website.

Span has resumed playing in simulated games, while Jansen has yet to start a throwing program. Both players are on the 15-day disabled list and have yet to appear in a game this season.


Nationals OF Denard Span to resume playing in simulated games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span (abdominal) is headed back to the team's spring training complex in Florida to continue to play in simulated games, per MASNsports.com. He will progress from three to five to seven innings in simulated games before starting a rehab assignment.

Nationals' Span to get at-bats in simulated game Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span (abdominal) will get at-bats in a simulated game Tuesday, according to The Washington Times.

Span added he feels good in his recovery from core muscle surgery and is hoping to be back in the lineup earlier than expected.

"I still have a lot of work to do," he said, per MLB.com. "I have to get in real game situations as far as hitting, stealing bases, going first to third. Starting next week, we are going to start doing that stuff. If I continue to get well, I think I will be back before May."