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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: 201.70
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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.

Denard Span scratched due to back stiffness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Cardinals due to a stiff back, per MASNsports.com. However, he is available off the bench.

Denard Span collects three extra-base hits Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span went 3 for 5 with two doubles and one triple while scoring two runs in his team's 9-2 win over the Giants Monday.

Span has several three-hit performances as well as a five-hit outburst to his credit this season, but Monday's win was his first time racking up three extra-base hits in the same game. He has hit .282/.323/.408 with one home run, 13 RBI and nine stolen bases in 238 at-bats.


Denard Span aiming for 30 steals


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Nationals center fielder Denard Span, who stole his eighth base Sunday, believes he can swipe 30 this season. His career high was 26 in 2010 with the Twins.

"That is something I have been trying to do my whole career, to be honest with you," he told MASNSports. "I've never gotten 30. So that is something that's a goal for me. It is part of my game. I got to be aggressive, I got to be smart about it."


Denard Span on strange streak over past week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is on an unusual streak at the plate. He has been following two-hit games with hitless ones since May 21. The result is six hits in 26 at-bats.

Span, who was coming a five-hit explosion before the strange run began, owns a .258/.305/.371 stat line this season. He has scored 27 runs on the year and has been perfect in seven stolen base attempts.


Denard Span breaks out with five-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span has had trouble getting going this season, but found a spark Tuesday, in a 9-4 win over the Reds.

Span, who got a vote of confidence from manager Matt Williams before the game, made an impact in the leadoff spot. He reached base five times in as many at-bats, with three singles and a pair of doubles. Span also scored twice and drove in two runs in the win, while adding his sixth stolen base of the season.

Span raised his average more than 20 points with the five-hit performance, and is now hitting .263/.308/.363 in 160 at-bats. 


Denard Span back Saturday with Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Nationals center fielder Denard Span has returned to the lineup for the Saturday game against St. Louis after recovering from a concussion that has kept him out since April 11.

Span, who told MASN that he felt like he never sustained the head injury, is hoping to hit better than he had been before leaving for a minor league rehab. He had just three hits in his previous 24 at-bats to drop his average to .222.


Denard Span gets through rehab game without issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span played in his first rehab game Friday at Class A Hagerstown, as part of his recovery from a concussion.

Span played in the field and batted four times, and seemed to have no trouble, scoring three times. He went 1 for 2 with two walks, while adding an RBI.

Span is likely to play in one more rehab game before making a possible return this weekend. 


Denard Span to play rehab games Thursday and Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is expected to get three at-bats in a rehab game Thursday and four at-bats in another rehab game Friday, the team announced.

Span was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Saturday after a baserunning collision the previous day, but he was showing improvement Tuesday and looks on track to return this weekend. He has hit .222/.300/.361 in 36 at-bats.


Denard Span shows improvement Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span scored higher on his concussion test Tuesday than his baseline, the Washington Post reports.

Span is already feeling better as he recovers from a concussion, and he hopes to play in rehab games this week. He was placed on the 7-day disabled list Saturday after being involved in a collision while running the bases Friday.