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Denard Span | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 208
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Denard Span is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.
It's a routine day off. Michael Taylor is in center field in Span's place. May 17 - 2:20 PM

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Denard Span homered in a 2-for-5 effort in Monday's steamrolling of the Diamondbacks.

Span drilled a solo home run in the first inning to get the scoring started. He added an RBI single in the second inning, the start of a six-run frame that would leave the Nationals ahead 10-0. Span has been superb at the top of the Nats' lineup, batting .292/.342/.514 with three home runs, nine RBI, and 15 runs scored.
May 12 - 12:27 AM

Denard Span is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day of rest. Michael Taylor is in center field Sunday in Span's place.
May 10 - 11:32 AM

Denard Span (abdomen) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Span missed the previous two contests after being lifted from Thursday's game when he felt soreness in the area where he had core muscle surgery. It's doubtful that he's 100 percent, but it appears the outfielder will gut it out.
May 3 - 11:13 AM

Denard Span (abdomen) is expected to return to the Nationals' starting lineup Sunday.

He left Thursday's game with abdomen soreness and has been out of the lineup the last two days. Fortunately for fantasy owners, Span should be ready to go for Washington's series finale against the Mets. Span underwent core muscle surgery in March so this injury is something to keep an eye on throughout the year. Michael Taylor usually starts at center field when Span is sidelined.
May 2 - 5:54 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

Span had to leave Thursday's game against the Mets due to soreness in his abdomen. It's a worrisome injury given that he had dual core muscle surgeries over the offseason, but the Nats are hopeful at this time that he'll be able to return to the lineup sometime over the weekend. Michael Taylor is in center field and in the leadoff spot Friday in Span's place.
May 1 - 3:42 PM

Denard Span was removed from Thursday's game against the Mets due to soreness in his abdomen.

Span has been playing a lot since his return from the disabled list which has caused some soreness in the abdomen. Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Span will also be rested on Friday as a precautionary measure, though he should be able to return at some point over the weekend.
Apr 30 - 10:31 PM

Denard Span was removed from Thursday's game against the Mets in the sixth inning for unknown reasons.

It's unclear if he suffered some type of injury or aggravation of his core injury that he just returned from. The Nationals should have an update on his status shortly. Michael Taylor replaced him in center field and would see increased playing time in his absence.
Apr 30 - 9:21 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-6 with a double and a three-run home run as the Nationals handily defeated the Braves on Wednesday.

Span is fresh off of a five-hit night on Tuesday and kept it going on Wednesday. Span doubled and scored in the seventh inning, then clubbed a three-run home run to put the game out of reach in the ninth. A pair of productive nights at the dish have brought his batting line up to .317/.341/.561 along with two home runs and seven RBI.
Apr 29 - 10:07 PM

Denard Span went 5-for-6 with three doubles, a solo home run, and four runs scored to help lead the Nationals past the Braves on Tuesday.

In a night full of unlikely performances, Span's five-hit night is among them as he came in batting .207 in 32 plate appearances following an abdominal injury. Span scored the Nats' first two runs but watched his team fall behind 10-2 after four innings. He doubled and scored in the fifth and hit a solo homer in the sixth, helping the Nationals overcome the Braves and score 13 runs. The outstanding performance pushes Span's triple-slash line to .314/.342/.486.
Apr 28 - 10:55 PM

Nationals activated OF Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list.

He's starting in center field and batting leadoff versus the Phillies. Span made a rapid recovery from core muscle surgery, as the initial belief was that he would likely be sidelined into May. Michael Taylor has been sent down to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.
Apr 19 - 10:19 AM

The Nationals are likely to activate Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list on Sunday.

Span underwent core surgery on March 9 and has spent the last month and a half recovering. He went 4-for-8 with a home run during a rehab stint with Low-A Hagerstown and made it through Saturday's team workout with the Nationals without any soreness. Span's return should push rookie Michael Taylor back to the pine, or maybe even Triple-A.
Apr 18 - 6:54 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) is scheduled to play in at least one more minor league rehab game before returning from the disabled list.

Span is expected to play at least seven innings in the field at Low-A Hagerstown on Thursday. He'll then repeat the process on Friday and if all goes well, manager Matt Williams said that Span would rejoin the Nationals before the end of the weekend.
Apr 16 - 9:11 PM

The Nationals could consider activating Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list after he plays nine innings at Low-A Hagerstown on Thursday.

Span is getting the day off Wednesday after going seven innings with no issues at Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday in his first rehab contest. If he goes a full nine Thursday and feels fine, the Nats could decide to activate him for the weekend series against the Phillies. Span is making his way back from core muscle surgery.
Apr 15 - 12:08 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Harrisburg.

Span, who is coming back from core muscle surgery, got the go-ahead after playing seven innings in a simulated game on Monday. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll play, but joining the Nationals next week sounds like a reasonable expectation. Michael Taylor will continue to fill in for now.
Apr 14 - 1:35 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Wilmer Difo
4Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Michael Taylor
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Matt Grace
9Sammy Solis
10A.J. Cole