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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Denard Span exited Tuesday's game versus the Mets after making a diving catch.

Span robbed Matt den Dekker in the top of the third inning with a terrific grab but was then pinch-hit for by Michal Taylor in the bottom of the frame. The Nationals will provide an update on the outfielder's status shortly.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 07:49:00 PM

Denard Span was held hitless over five at-bats, but the Nationals were still able to send the Marlins to a defeat on Thursday.

The words "Denard Span" and "hitless" haven't often been used together lately. He was on a nine-game hitting streak and had hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games entering the contest. Span has turned in a solid season, batting .296/.349/.409 with 93 runs scored and 31 stolen bases.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Denard Span singled three times in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Phillies.

In addition to the three hits, Span also scored two runs. The seventh inning stolen base was his 28th of the season. Span will give you games like Friday's. Just don't expect much power. The highest he's ever slugged was .432, in his rookie campaign with the Twins back in 2008. Power deficits aside, he continues to hit for average, as evidenced by his .301/.351/.415 slash-line in 2014.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 12:45:00 AM

Denard Span homered twice and knocked in three runs in Monday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.

Span launched a solo shot in the third inning and added a solo shot in his next at-bat in the fifth. It was his second career multi-homer game and his first since 2008. After hitting just one homer over his first 122 games this season, he now has three in his last five games. Span has enjoyed a fantastic season, putting up a .299/.349/.416 batting line with 85 runs scored and 27 stolen bases over 127 games.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 11:43:00 PM

Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo home run, and three runs scored in the Nationals' loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

In the fifth inning, Span crushed a Kyle Kendrick offering into the second deck at Citizens Bank Park, something rarely seen from the slap-hitting center fielder. He has two homers on the season along with 28 RBI, 27 stolen bases, and a .300/.351/.407 slash line.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:12:00 PM

Denard Span scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the ninth as the Nationals topped the Diamondbacks 1-0 on Thursday to extend their winning streak to 10 games.

Span singled off a fine pitch from Oliver Perez, stole second and then scored after Jordan Pacheco rushed a throw on a grounder to third and ended up bouncing it past Adam LaRoche. It was Span's third time on base in the game, and he also had a sac bunt. He's hitting .302 with 27 steals, and he's now scored one more run in 117 games this year (76) than he did in 153 games last year.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 07:16:00 PM

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