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Denard Span | Outfielder | #2

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Denard Span (hand) said he expects to return to the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday.
Span was held out again on Tuesday with inflammation in his left hand, but tests turned up negative for any major structural damage and he told reporters that he's feeling much better. The veteran center fielder has batted just .258/.296/.398 in 23 games this season for San Francisco. May 23 - 10:54 PM

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Denard Span is not in the Giants' lineup Monday due to an inflamed and bruised left hand.

The problem evidently developed due to Span being repeatedly jammed at the plate. At this point, there are no plans for him to undergo an X-ray, but Span can't grip a bat without pain and could sit out a few days. Gorkys Hernandez is in center field and Joe Panik is leading off Monday.
May 22 - 4:22 PM

Denard Span went 4-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Reds.

Fresh off the disabled list, Span looked pretty well recovered from his shoulder sprain on Thursday. He cracked a solo home run off Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning. He also nearly helped to spark a two-out comeback with the Giants trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, when he singled off Raisel Iglesias to put runners on first and third. Brandon Belt then flew out to end the game. For the season as a whole, Span is hitting .255/.293/.400 across 55 at-bats. The 33-year-old outfielder no longer holds any real fantasy value.
May 12 - 1:14 AM

Giants activated OF Denard Span from the 10-day disabled list.

He'll draw the start in center field and bat leadoff Thursday against Reds veteran Bronson Arroyo. Span missed about three weeks with a shoulder sprain he suffered while crashing into the outfield wall. He's hit just .200 this year but is in a great spot Thursday against Arroyo, who is on his last leg.
May 11 - 7:17 PM

Denard Span (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Thursday against the Reds.

Brandon Crawford (groin) will also be activated on Thursday night. Span went 2-for-6 during a two-game rehab stint with High-A San Jose. He missed a little under three weeks with a sprained right shoulder. Daily Slant: The Giants are arguably the most appealing team target outside of Coors field tonight, as they'll take on the ancient Bronson Arroyo who has some potentially misleading numbers to start the season. He hasn't been good - he's allowed seven HRs and 22 ERs in just over 30 IP - but he's been rather lucky, holding lefties to a .269 wOBA on the back of a .184 BABIP. Considering he's allowing plenty of hard contact (20.0 Hd-Sft%) and isn't keeping the ball on the ground, he's going to struggle even more as the season wears on. Bats from both sides of the plate are squarely in play across all formats.
May 11 - 5:19 PM

Denard Span (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A San Jose on Tuesday.

It sounds like he'll probably be activated later this week if all goes well. Giants manager Bruce Bochy plans to put Span back in the leadoff spot once activated, with Jon Panik likely moving to the No. 2 spot and Brandon Belt sliding down to the middle of the order.
May 8 - 5:54 PM

There remains no timetable for Denard Span's (shoulder) return.

An MRI on Span's sprained right shoulder didn't reveal anything overly serious, but he's already missed over a week of action and it doesn't appear he's close to resuming baseball activities. Drew Stubbs and Gorkys Hernandez have been handling center field for San Francisco.
May 1 - 8:48 PM

Denard Span (shoulder) said his MRI showed "nothing alarming."

Team doctors will convene with a radiologist on Friday just to make sure they see the same thing. Span is now hoping to be back within a couple of weeks. In the mean time, Gorkys Hernandez will continue to split reps with Drew Stubbs in center field.
Apr 27 - 7:50 PM

Denard Span has been sent for more tests on his sprained right shoulder.

And manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged Thursday that Span is going to need more than 10 days on the disabled list. Gorkys Hernandez and Drew Stubbs are splitting time in center field for San Francisco.
Apr 27 - 2:48 PM

Giants placed OF Denard Span on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder.

He hasn't played since crashing into the outfield wall on Saturday and obviously the Giants felt he needed a few more days. Span's stint on the disabled list will likely be a short one. Drew Stubbs and Gorkys Hernandez will share time in center field during his absence.
Apr 26 - 6:28 PM

Denard Span (shoulder) could return to the Giants' lineup Thursday.

Span banged his right shoulder Saturday when he crashed into the outfield wall, but it's nothing overly serious. He's hitting .200/.245/.280 on the young season.
Apr 25 - 7:55 PM

Denard Span (shoulder) is expected to be out of action for 2-4 more days.

Span injured his right shoulder on Saturday when he crashed into the outfield wall, and he's sat out the next two contests. It sounds like he'll need a few more additional days of rest, but the Giants are optimistic he can avoid a stint on the disabled list. Drew Stubbs is in center field Monday.
Apr 24 - 7:58 PM

Denard Span (shoulder) remained out of the Giants' lineup Monday.

It's the second straight game he's missed with a right shoulder injury. The Giants have Drew Stubbs in center field and Hunter Pence in the leadoff spot as part of a remade lineup. It's the first time since 2014 that Pence has hit leadoff.
Apr 24 - 7:14 PM

X-rays on Denard Span's right shoulder came back negative.

Span injured the shoulder when he collided with the outfield wall on Saturday. While it appears he's avoided a serious injury, he's sitting out Sunday and could potentially miss more time. Gorkys Hernandez is in center field in his place.
Apr 23 - 1:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, Denard Span suffered a minor shoulder sprain in Saturday's game against the Rockies.

He's going for X-rays. Span made a nice catch to rob Charlie Blackmon of extra bases during the third inning but banged his shoulder against the outfield wall. Manager Bruce Bochy is hoping the injury is minor but has already announced that Span won't play on Sunday. Gorkys Hernandez should man center field in his absence.
Apr 22 - 11:38 PM

Depth Charts

C1Buster Posey
2Nick Hundley
1B1Brandon Belt
2Michael Morse
2B1Joe Panik
2Aaron Hill
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Christian Arroyo
2Conor Gillaspie
LF1Eduardo Nunez
2Mac Williamson
3Justin Ruggiano
4Jarrett Parker
CF1Denard Span
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Hunter Pence
Starting Pitcher
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Matt Moore
5Matt Cain
6Ty Blach
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Hunter Strickland
3Derek Law
4Cory Gearrin
5George Kontos
6Steven Okert
7Bryan Morris
8Josh Osich
9Will Smith