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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 (abdomen) threw a successful long toss session on Saturday with distances up to 150 feet.
Span continues to progress nicely in his recovery from core muscle surgery, but still isn't quite ready for game action. He isn't expected to rejoin the Nationals lineup until the end of April. Mar 28 - 10:45 AM

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Denard Span (abdomen) will take light swings with a fungo bat on Friday.

Span also ran sprints on Friday and has been playing catch for over a week. The outfielder is coming along nicely from core muscle surgery but isn't close to game action and is still expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
Mar 27 - 11:53 AM

Denard Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday.

It's a step in the right direction for the rehabbing outfielder, who is expected to miss the first month of the 2015 regular season. Span underwent surgery on March 9 to repair a right core muscle injury. Michael Taylor should to be the Nationals' starting center fielder on Opening Day.
Mar 19 - 11:50 AM

Denard Span (abdomen) was cleared on Friday to perform walking drills and abdominal exercises.

The veteran outfielder underwent surgery on Monday to repair a core muscle. He's slated to begin playing light catch in a couple of days to see how the muscle responds. He's not expected to perform any baseball activities for 4-6 weeks and is likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 13 - 10:49 PM

Denard Span (hernia) won't be able to do any baseball-related activities for 4-6 weeks.

So he's definitely out for Opening Day and could miss the entire first month of the 2015 regular season. Span underwent a procedure Monday morning to repair a right core muscle injury and he also needed surgery for a sports hernia back in December. Michael Taylor is expected to get the majority of the reps in center field this spring and is an intriguing early-season fantasy option.
Mar 9 - 9:55 AM

Denard Span underwent surgery Monday morning to repair a right core muscle injury.

There aren't many details available at this time. Span needed surgery in December to repair a sports hernia, and this new "core muscle injury" sounds like it could be related. Michael Taylor should get a long look now in center field. Tony Gwynn Jr. is starting there in Monday's Grapefruit League game.
Mar 9 - 8:49 AM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that Denard Span (hernia) is cleared to be a "full-go" in workouts.

Span underwent surgery in December to repair a sports hernia, but he's fully recovered as spring training gets underway. The 30-year-old batted .302/.355/.416 with 31 stolen bases and 94 runs scored last season and should remain a valuable fantasy outfielder atop the Nationals' lineup.
Feb 25 - 2:35 PM

Denard Span said Sunday that he's very much looking forward to free agency after the 2015 season.

The 30-year-old outfielder elaborated, "I’ve worked my whole career to get to this point, to be a free agent. But at the same time, I’m concentrating on trying to do the best that I can to help this ball club win. I feel like if I do my job and we do our jobs collectively I’ll get compensated and everything will fall into place." Some players have extra motivation when in a contract year, so Span could improve upon his terrific .302/.355/.416 effort from a season ago.
Feb 22 - 4:40 PM

Denard Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia on Tuesday.

According to the Nationals' Twitter account, the surgery was successful and Span is expected be ready to go for spring training. Span put in a strong 2014 campaign, hitting .302/.355/.416 to go with 31 steals and 94 runs scored. The 30-year-old's versatility at the dish and his ability to run make him a valuable fantasy player.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 10:22:00 AM

Nationals exercised OF Denard Span's $9 million club option for 2015.

An easy call for the Nats after Span batted .302/.355/.416 with 31 stolen bases and 94 runs scored over 147 games in 2014. The 30-year-old will remain Washington's starting center fielder for the 2015 season and should again have considerable fantasy value.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Denard Span doubled in one of his two at-bats against the Marlins Sunday, finishing the season with a .302 batting average.

Nationals manager Matt Williams removed most of his starters after two at-bats, but Span doubled off Henderson Alvarez before exiting to ensure he'd end the season with an average above .300. It's the second time in his seven-year career that Span has hit higher than .300. He finishes with five home runs, 94 runs scored and a career-high 31 stolen bases.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 04:41:00 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday that Denard Span (knee) will be back in the lineup on Friday.

It's not clear whether he'll play one or both games of the doubleheader. Span left Tuesday's game after scraping up his right knee on a diving catch and didn't play in either of Thursday's contests, but the Nats were just being careful.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Denard Span (knee) is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Span left Tuesday's game after scraping up his right knee on an excellent sprawling catch and will now miss both starts of the doubleheader. There was some hope that maybe he would be able to play Thursday, but the Nationals are playing things safe.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Denard Span (knee) could play in the second half of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Span suffered scrapes on his right knee Tuesday night when he made a sprawling catch on the warning track at Nationals Park. It's obviously not a major injury.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Denard Span was removed from Tuesday's game against the Mets after scraping up his right knee.

Span's knee dragged against the warning track after he made a spectacular catch in the third inning. He'll sit out Wednesday's game as a precaution but should be back in there Thursday.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:17:00 PM

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2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Mike Carp
4Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Ian Stewart
LF1Jayson Werth
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Tony Gwynn Jr.
RF1Bryce Harper
2Scott Hairston
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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
6Jerry Blevins
7Erik Davis
8Xavier Cedeno
9Blake Treinen
10Scott McGregor
11Mitch Lively
12Rich Hill