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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 (back) will resume light workouts on Monday.
Span has been shut down for the last two weeks since receiving a cortisone injection in his ailing back. He'll be slowly ramped back up and will need a rehab assignment before returning, so it will be a little while. Still, Monday was obviously a nice step for the outfielder. Aug 3 - 4:38 PM

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Denard Span (back) is expected to resume doing baseball activities soon.

The outfielder has thus far been working on strengthening his core, but will soon progress to swinging and fielding drills. He will need a minor league rehab assignment to get his timing back, but could be able to return to the Nationals lineup in early August if he avoids any further setbacks.
Jul 31 - 7:59 PM

Denard Span (back) has been given a cortisone injection.

Span has been limited to light jogging and playing catch so far, but he could ramp up his activities in the coming days if the injection has the desired effect. The veteran outfielder has been plagued by back spasms for a while now before finally going on the disabled list prior to the All-Star break.
Jul 19 - 11:23 AM

Denard Span (back) was able to play catch on Friday and is close to being cleared to resume hitting.

Span has been on the disabled list since July 7 due to a back injury, but is making progress toward a return to the Nationals' lineup. Michael Taylor will continue to fill in while he's sidelined.
Jul 18 - 12:07 PM

Denard Span (back) underwent an exam on his injured back, which revealed no structural damage.

Span hasn't played since Tuesday and was placed on the disabled list on Friday, but it sounds like the back injury is less severe than the team was fearing. Manager Matt Williams indicated that there's hope that he'll be out for just the requisite 15 days.
Jul 10 - 5:39 PM

Nationals placed OF Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 7, with a back injury.

Span's been wracked with back spasms since Tuesday. He'll have the benefit of the All-Star Break to get himself right without missing any actual games, but there's no guarantee he returns when the Nationals start up the second half of the season. Especially considering the tendency of back injuries to linger.
Jul 10 - 2:48 PM

According to Bill Ladson of, Denard Span (back) is likely headed to the disabled list.

The oft-injured outfielder has been battling back spasms since June 7. He's sitting out the remainder of the weekend and could feel better with the extended rest that the All-Star break provides. It sounds as though the issue will continue to crop up throughout the season though.
Jul 10 - 12:00 AM

Denard Span (back) will not play for the rest of the week.

The feeling is that his back issues might be related to the pair of core muscle surgeries he had over the offseason, which affected his workout schedule and shortened his spring training. Span is headed to see a back specialist in Dallas on Thursday in hopes of getting a better handle on things. The Nationals haven't put him on the disabled list yet, but it's certainly possible that they will eventually.
Jul 8 - 4:01 PM

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

Span is expected to miss at least a few games with a nagging back injury, although no move has been made to put him on the disabled list yet. Michael Taylor has shifted over to handled center field, while Matt den Dekker is taking Taylor's spot in left.
Jul 8 - 3:27 PM

Denard Span (back) is expected to miss at least a few games.

The MRI results on Span's back aren't available yet, but Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that the outfielder "sounds like guy who accepts he needs some time off," and is "worried this could get worse by playing hurt." Obviously more will be known once the MRI results are in.
Jul 7 - 10:27 PM

Denard Span (back) underwent an MRI on Tuesday and is set to see a specialist as he attempts to pinpoint the cause of recent back spasms.

Span's back locked up after a rain delay during Monday's game. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and will see a back specialist. For now, he should be considered day-to-day. The injury is well-timed, if there is such a thing, as the All-Star Break will afford Span a chunk of rest as he looks to avoid hitting the disabled list.
Jul 7 - 4:21 PM

Denard Span (back) is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

Span left Monday's game with back spasms. It's been a lingering issue for him, but he can be considered day-to-day right now. Michael Taylor will start in center field and hit leadoff Tuesday while Matt den Dekker will play left.
Jul 7 - 3:16 PM

Denard Span left Monday's game against the Reds with back spasms.

Span is probably looking forward to the All-Star break in order to have some rest, as he's dealt with the back issue off and on for a month now. Consider him day-to-day.
Jul 6 - 10:30 PM

Denard Span left Monday's game against the Reds with an undisclosed injury.

Span has dealt with back issues recently and it's possible they cropped up again. It could also be the Nationals being proactive with the wet conditions in D.C. The Nats should have an update on Span shortly.
Jul 6 - 8:11 PM

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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