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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%: 46/4 | Average Draft Position: 204.37
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Nationals' Denard Span undergoes hip surgery


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span underwent hip surgery Tuesday, reports MASNSports.com. Span will miss the rest of the season as a result of the surgery.

Hip surgery to end season for Nationals CF Denard Span


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is out for the year with a left hip injury. The team has announced that he will undergo surgery Tuesday.

Span played in two games this week before headed back to the disabled list. He finishes the season with a fine slash line of .301/.365/.431 and 38 runs scored in 246 at-bats.


Nationals CF Denard Span (hip) going back to DL on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Two days after being activated from the disabled list, Nationals center fielder Denard Span is heading back to the DL on Thursday. The Nationals placed the oft-injured Span on the 15-day DL with left hip inflammation. 

Span missed about six weeks with back tightness, and this latest ailment appears to be related to that injury. It is not yet clear if Span will need more than the minimum 15 days before returning.

The Nationals will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday.


Nationals CF Denard Span (back) not starting on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span was out of the lineup for Thursday's series-finale with the Padres due to a recurrence of his stiff back

Span just returned from a 40-game stint on the disabled list due to back tightness, but he was expected to experience residual discomfort following his activation.

"We certainly want him back as quickly as possible," Manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "If he feels good enough to go, we have to make sure we monitor it as we go."


Sore back has Nationals CF Denard Span out of Thursday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Nationals leadoff hitter and center fielder Denard Span is set to sit Thursday against visiting San Diego.

Span played in just two games after returning from a seven-week absence due to a back injury. Matt Williams noted that his back is sore, which is the reason for his absence, per Comcast Sportsnet.


Nationals' Denard Span, Yunel Escobar return to lineup Tuesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/25/2015) The Nationals will receive some reinforcements in the shape of center fielder Denard Span and infielder Yunel Escobar for Tuesday's game against the Padres.

Span comes off the 15-day disabled list to start in center field and bat out of the leadoff spot.

Escobar, who was dealing with a lingering neck injury, will start at third base and hit out of the fifth spot in the lineup.


Nationals OF Denard Span (back) may return Tuesday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/24/2015) The Nationals could receive a huge boost as they prepare for the stretch run, as center fielder Denard Span could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday, per CSNWashington.com.

Span has been on the disabled list with back spasms since July 7, and without him in the lineup, Washington is 10 games under .500. He's gone 7-for-17 in six rehab appearances, which may be enough to convince the Nats to bring him up. 

Span has a .304/.367/.430 slash line in 59 games this season. 


Nationals' Denard Span starts rehab on Sunday, goes 0 for 2


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/18/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 0 for 2 in his first rehab game with Class A Potomac on Sunday. Span, who has been on the disabled list since July 10, played three innings on Sunday as he continues to recover from a back injury.

There has been no word as to how many rehab games Span will need before being activated from the DL. But the sputtering Nationals will certainly benefit from having him back in the lineup. Span was batting .304 with five home runs before suffering the injury.


Nationals OF Denard Span to start rehab assignment


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2015) The Nationals assigned outfielder Denard Span to their Class A affiliate to begin his rehab assignment, reports SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Span has been out since early July due to a back issue.

Nationals OF Denard Span (back) resumes baseball activities


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span, who suffered a setback from his recovery from a back injury last week, will begin taking part in light baseball activities, per MASNSports.com. 

Span has been on the DL since early July after continuing to suffer from back spasms. His timetable remains in doubt. 


Nationals OF Denard Span unsure if he'll play this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span admitted Saturday he wasn't sure if his injured back would heal in time in order for him to return this season, reports The Washington Post.

"I really don't know," Span said. "I don't know. On the days that I don't feel good, I second guess that. But on the days like today that I feel good, I do have hope that I will be able to return before the season's over with."

Span was rehabbing from the back injury, but he recently suffered a setback.

"My back didn't respond the way I was hoping it responded. Felt a little sore," Span said. "I took a day and a half off. Played catch today and just got done running. Felt pretty good running. Hopefully it's a small setback. We'll see."


Back problem worsens for rehabbing Nationals CF Denard Span


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) Matt Williams has declared that Nationals outfielder Denard Span, who has been out for a month with a back injury, has suffered a setback.

Span will be shut down for a few days, per MASNSports.com. The back has tightened up. It remains to be seen if the problem significantly pushes back the timetable for his return to the Nationals.


Nationals OF Denard Span takes batting practice Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) For the first time since landing on the disabled list with a back issue, Nationals outfielder Denard Span was able to conduct a batting practice session Wednesday, reports MASNSports.com.

"Felt pretty good the first couple of rounds," Span said. "By the third round, I got a little bit gassed. A lot of that is just conditioning. But felt good to be out there for the first time hitting. I've been hitting in the cage for the last three days, but actually hitting outside and watching the ball travel felt good."

In addition to batting practice, Span took grounders and fly balls in the outfield. The team will see how he responds Thursday before moving forward in his recovery.


Nationals OF Denard Span getting close to live batting practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span, who began baseball activities Saturday, could be close to taking live batting practice, manager Matt Williams said Monday.

“In the next couple of days we’ll get him out for a live BP session and then look for him to get some live BP later in the week," Williams said. "Then running the bases. That’s kind of of the final step. Depending on how he feels, we’ll progress to that. We’ll see."

Span, who is on the disabled list due to a back injury, will go on a rehab assignment before returning.

“Volume. It’s going to be volume, probably,” Williams said. “Limited in the cage is one thing, but getting out there and just reacting without having to think about it is key, too. But if he can go through multiple BP sessions and early work and regular defensive work that he does, then he should be fine to get out there and play somewhere.”


Nationals' Denard Span still not swinging bat


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is still doing back strengthening exercises as he returns from back tightness that landed him on the 15-day disabled list. 

Span still hasn't started swinging a bat, manager Matt Williams said, per the Washington Post.


Nationals' Span receives cortisone injection, could ramp up activity


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span received a cortisone injection in his back, according to CSNwashington.com. He could ramp up his rehab in the coming days after playing catch and light jogging thus far.

"I feel better," Span said, per the Associated Press. "(But) I haven't swung a bat so it's kind of hard to tell where I'm at."


Nationals' Denard Span playing catch, almost ready to start hitting


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span played catch before Friday's game. Span has been on the 15-day disabled list with back tightness, and he's going through a “serious program” to strengthen his back, manager Matt Williams said, per the Washington Post

“He’s really close to getting back out and hitting again,” Williams said. “What we don’t want to do is have a repeat. All the tests were good. He’s okay, but he’s continuing to strengthen his core and work on his flexibility. He’ll be ready to go soon.”


Back injury results in DL stint for Nationals CF Denard Span


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) The Nationals placed center fielder Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to back tightness. The move is retroactive to July 7.

Manager Matt Williams said Span has no structural issues with his back. He has been given new exercises to strengthen his back, which was likely weak after undergoing two abdomen surgeries in three months.

The 31-year-old Span is 10th in the NL in batting average (.304) through 59 games. He has totaled 15 doubles, five home runs, 22 RBI, 24 walks and 37 runs. He is also 11 for 11 in stolen base attempts.


Report: Nationals CF Denard Span (back) could go on 15-day DL


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span could be heading to the 15-day disabled list, a source told MLB.com. Span has been dealing with back spasms over the past several days, and hasn't played since leaving Monday's game early, though he has been dealing with the issue for the better part of a month. 

Span visited a back specialist on Thursday, with the source indicating that the visit "went well". Span had already ruled himself out of the upcoming weekend series in Baltimore. And with the All-Star break right around the corner, the Nationals could get by with Span resting on the DL for a few days.

When healthy, Span has been mostly productive for the Nationals. In the eight games prior to Monday's contest, Span was batting .286 (8 for 28) with seven walks and four runs scored.

The team has not confirmed if Span is indeed going on the DL or not. 


Nationals CF Denard Span (back) still out on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span remains sidelined on Wednesday, as he continues to be bothered by a case of back spasms. Span was forced to leave Monday's contest, and also missed Tuesday's game with the injury. 

Span will see a back specialist on Thursday, and will likely miss the weekend series in Baltimore, though a trip to the disabled list does not seem to be in the cards.

Michael Taylor will continue to replace Span at the top of the order and in center field. 


Nationals CF Denard Span sits on Tuesday with back spasms


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds. Span exited Monday's game with back spasms, and is unable to go on Tuesday.

Span had an MRI on Tuesday, and is expected to see a specialist Thursday to determine the cause of this back issue that has been nagging him for quite some time.

Michael Taylor will fill in for Span in center field and in the leadoff spot in the lineup.


Nationals' Denard Span leaves Monday's game with back issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span was pulled from Monday's game against the Reds after suffering back spasms, the team announced.

Span left after two innings. He has been battling back spasms recently. He will be reevaluated Tuesday. Matt den Dekker replaced him in the outfield.


Nationals CF Denard Span out of lineup Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Giants.

Span, who is just taking a day off and is not injured, will be replaced by Michael Taylor in center field and in the leadoff spot.

Span has been hot with his bat lately, hitting .381 with eight hits over his last six games.


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.