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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%: 81/68 | Average Draft Position: 204.64
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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. 


Nationals CF Dernard Span, 3B Yunel Escobar in Monday's lineup


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Center fielder Denard Span will return to the Nationals' starting lineup Monday while Yunel Escobar is also in the lineup after exiting Sunday's game early.

Span sat out Sunday's win against the Braves and Escobar left after three innings with a stomach bug.

Span began the season on the disabled list (core muscle) and since his April 19th return has played in 20 of the Nats' 25 games, hitting .284 with seven doubles.

Nationals' Span sits; Escobar, Desmond move up Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Span has made six straight starts atop the Nationals lineup but will get a breather Sunday. He'll be replaced in center field by Michael Taylor, who is batting eighth.

With Span out, third baseman Yunel Escobar will lead off for the second time this season, while Ian Desmond will jump to the No. 2 spot for just the second time in the last 10 games.

The Nationals are favorites (-160) against the Braves Sunday.


Denard Span, Ian Desmond do top of Nationals lineup proud


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Bryce Harper was the undisputed hero for the Nationals in their Wednesday win over Miami. After all, he slammed three home runs.

But table setters Denard Span and Ian Desmond also played a role. Both slammed two hits and scored twice. Span singled twice while Desmond doubled and singled.

Span's hits pushed him over the .300 mark for the season.


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.