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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 starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Giants.
It appears to be nothing more than a regular day of rest for the veteran outfielder who has seen his fair share of injuries this season. Michael Taylor will slide over to center field and bat leadoff for the Nationals against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. Jul 4 - 8:56 AM

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Denard Span singled and stole two bases Thursday against the Braves.

Span went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. He's now a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts this season. The 31-year-old got a late start on the season after core muscle surgery and has battled various bumps and bruises since, but he still has a very strong .310/.373/.441 batting line over 56 games.
Jul 2 - 10:11 PM

Denard Span is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

Like Bryce Harper, Span sat out the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. The veteran outfielder has been dealing with a nagging back issue of late, but he's good to go.
Jun 30 - 3:38 PM

Denard Span is not in the Nationals starting lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Span returned to the lineup in the first game on Sunday after missing the previous few days with a lingering back issue. He went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored in the day game, and should return to the top of the Nationals lineup on Tuesday.
Jun 28 - 4:51 PM

Denard Span (back) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday for the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies.

Span hasn't played since Thursday due to a nagging back issue. The outfielder sports a .301/.354/.435 batting line for the Nats this season.
Jun 28 - 10:50 AM

Denard Span was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to back spasms.

The spasms have been an issue off and on for Span for over a week now. He should be considered day-to-day. Matt den Dekker has entered the lineup in Span's place and is playing right field, with Clint Robinson shifting to right field and Michael Taylor to center.
Jun 26 - 6:00 PM

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

Span was held out of action Wednesday due to back spasms -- something that has lingered now for a couple of months. He is batting leadoff and starting in center field in his return Thursday versus Rays ace Chris Archer.
Jun 18 - 3:37 PM

Denard Span (back) is not in Wednesday's lineup due to back spasms.

He's not just getting a day off as it turns out, as his back is an issue again. Span's back problem first cropped up on April 7 and this is the second game he's missed because of it. It's a minor concern, though, as he expects to play Thursday.
Jun 17 - 4:00 PM

Denard Span is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

It appears to simply be a day of rest. Michael Taylor is covering center field while Span is out.
Jun 17 - 3:38 PM

Denard Span slapped a go-ahead RBI infield single in the top of the 11th inning Wednesday to help the Nationals defeat the Yankees 5-4.

It was part of a 3-for-6 afternoon for Span, who opened the game's scoring with an RBI double in the top of the third inning and added a single in the top of the fifth. He had missed two straight games with back spasms, but the 31-year-old center fielder and leadoff man is obviously feeling pretty good now. Span has a .299/.339/.463 slash line with five homers, 19 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 39 games this season.
Jun 10 - 4:53 PM

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

Span left Sunday's game and was a late scratch Tuesday due to back spasms, but he's ready to give it a roll now. The veteran outfielder sports a solid .291/.333/.456 batting line this season.
Jun 10 - 11:50 AM

Denard Span (back) was scratched from Tuesday's lineup.

Span had been slated to return to action after leaving Sunday's game with back spasms, but he apparently didn't feel good while going through warm-ups. Consider him day-to-day. Michael Taylor replaced Span in center field.
Jun 9 - 6:07 PM

Denard Span (back) is in the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

Span had to be removed from Sunday's series finale against the Cubs after experiencing back spasms, but he recovered well during Monday's team off-day and will lead off for the Nats in Tuesday's series opener at Yankee Stadium.
Jun 9 - 4:25 PM

Denard Span was pulled from Sunday's game against the Cubs due to back spasms.

Danny Espinosa was moved to left field to take over for him, the first time Espinosa has played the position defensively. It's unclear if the injury is serious enough to require a trip to the disabled list or of the day-to-day variety.
Jun 7 - 7:34 PM

Denard Span (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

Span hadn't played since leaving Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his right knee, but he's feeling ready to give it a go. The outfielder is batting .314/.356/.504 for the Nats this season.
Jun 3 - 3:36 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
2Matt den Dekker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Casey Janssen
3Aaron Barrett
4Matt Thornton
5Tanner Roark
6David Carpenter
7Blake Treinen
8Felipe Rivero
9Craig Stammen