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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 will be out 4-to-6 months with a torn labrum.
Span's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. He should be fully healed by spring training. The 31-year-old remains a solid leadoff hitter when healthy and should be one of the more coveted outfielders in free agency this winter. Bryce Harper and Michael Taylor have filled in at center field during his absence. Aug 29 - 5:21 PM

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Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed Friday that Denard Span will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip next Tuesday.

He also revealed that it will be to repair Span's labrum, which has been bothering the outfielder for a while. The Nats think the hip issue is connected to the core and back problems Span was plagued by this season. It's a really tough break for Span, as he's slated to hit free agency in a couple months. The timetable for his recovery should be known after Tuesday's procedure.
Aug 28 - 4:34 PM

MLB.com's William Ladson reports that Denard Span will have season-ending surgery on his left hip on Tuesday.

Span has just never been fully healthy all season. He had his first core muscle surgery last December, came back too soon and then required a second procedure in March. He then made a quick recovery from that to return in mid-April, but he then dealt with back and more recently hip issues for the bulk of the campaign. The type of operation he'll have Tuesday isn't known yet, but hopefully it will finally nip is health issues in the bud. Span's Nationals career could be over, as he's slated for free agency this winter. The Nats will go with Michael Taylor in center field for the rest of the season, assuming his knee injury is minor as expected.
Aug 28 - 1:52 PM

Nationals placed OF Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation.

The hip issue is related to the core and back issues that have sidelined Span already this season. At this point, there is fear in the Nationals organization that the oft-injured outfielder will not make it back at all this season. Michael Taylor will continue to fill in center field in his stead.
Aug 27 - 11:04 PM

Denard Span is out of Thursday's lineup for the Nationals due to back soreness.

It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Nationals will have to manage him down the stretch. Michael Taylor is starting in center field against the Padres.
Aug 27 - 4:37 PM

Denard Span is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday.

It's just a day of rest for the veteran outfielder, who returned earlier this week from a bad back injury. Michael Taylor is starting in center field against the Padres.
Aug 27 - 3:41 PM

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

Span has been sidelined since July 6 with a nagging back injury, but he showed enough over six rehab games to convince the Nationals that he's ready to go. He's batting leadoff in his return Tuesday against the Padres. The veteran outfielder has played well when healthy this season, but he's only appeared in 59 games.
Aug 25 - 3:47 PM

Denard Span (back) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Span was 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run, three walks and three runs scored in six rehab games with High-A Potomac. The veteran outfielder has dealt with a nagging back injury since June but is feeling well enough to give it a go again. He's hit .304/.367/.430 with five homers and 11 steals in 59 games this season.
Aug 24 - 5:52 PM

Denard Span (back) went 1-for-3 in his sixth minor league rehab game Sunday with Double-A Harrisburg.

Span is 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run, three walks, and three runs scored since beginning his rehab with High-A Potomac last week. The center fielder could be added back to the Nationals' active roster as early as Tuesday and is capable of providing significant fantasy production down the stretch. Span owns a .304/.367/.430 slash line with five homers, 37 runs, 15 doubles, and 11 steals in 59 games this season.
Aug 24 - 12:47 PM

Denard Span (back) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Hagerstown.

Span, sidelined with a nagging back injury, went 0-for-2 and played three innings in center field in his first game with High-A Potomac on Sunday. Assuming no further setbacks, he figures to rejoin the Nationals before the end of the month.
Aug 18 - 12:44 PM

Denard Span (back) said he felt good after his first minor league rehab game with High-A Potomac on Sunday.

Span played three innings defensively in center field and went 0-for-2 at the plate. As long as he avoids any further setbacks, he could be ready to rejoin the Nationals lineup before the end of August.
Aug 16 - 8:17 PM

Denard Span (back) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac.

Span had a setback with his nagging back injury earlier this month, but he's been feeling much better in recent days as he's ramped up baseball activities. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll require, but it shouldn't be too long before he's back in center field for the Nationals.
Aug 16 - 2:26 PM

Denard Span (back) ran some sprints on Thursday.

Span is being slowly ramped back up after he had a setback with his ailing back earlier this month. There remains no timetable for him to begin a rehab assignment, so obviously it's going to be a while before he returns. Span admitted last week that it's possible he won't make it back at all this season.
Aug 14 - 12:45 PM

Denard Span (back) has resumed light baseball activity.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Span has started throwing, running and taking swings but that the team will ramp up his activity with caution. Span said Saturday that he's unsure whether he'll even be able to return this season. While the development is promising, there still remains no timetable for his return with roughly a month and a half left in the regular season.
Aug 12 - 8:34 PM

Denard Span (back) admitted Saturday that he's not sure whether he'll return this season.

Span experienced a setback with his nagging back injury when he fielded fly balls and took batting practice last week. He played catch and ran sprints Saturday, but it's up in the air as to when he'll attempt to ramp up his activities again. "I really don’t know," Span said when asked if he'll play again this season. "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."
Aug 9 - 11:56 AM

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Batters
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2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
2Trea Turner
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
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S1Stephen Strasburg
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3Jordan Zimmermann
4Gio Gonzalez
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2Drew Storen
3Casey Janssen
4Matt Thornton
5Blake Treinen
6Felipe Rivero
7Doug Fister
8David Carpenter
9Aaron Barrett
10Craig Stammen