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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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Nationals activated OF Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list.
He's starting in center field and batting leadoff versus the Phillies. Span made a rapid recovery from core muscle surgery, as the initial belief was that he would likely be sidelined into May. Michael Taylor has been sent down to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move. Apr 19 - 10:19 AM

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The Nationals are likely to activate Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list on Sunday.

Span underwent core surgery on March 9 and has spent the last month and a half recovering. He went 4-for-8 with a home run during a rehab stint with Low-A Hagerstown and made it through Saturday's team workout with the Nationals without any soreness. Span's return should push rookie Michael Taylor back to the pine, or maybe even Triple-A.
Apr 18 - 6:54 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) is scheduled to play in at least one more minor league rehab game before returning from the disabled list.

Span is expected to play at least seven innings in the field at Low-A Hagerstown on Thursday. He'll then repeat the process on Friday and if all goes well, manager Matt Williams said that Span would rejoin the Nationals before the end of the weekend.
Apr 16 - 9:11 PM

The Nationals could consider activating Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list after he plays nine innings at Low-A Hagerstown on Thursday.

Span is getting the day off Wednesday after going seven innings with no issues at Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday in his first rehab contest. If he goes a full nine Thursday and feels fine, the Nats could decide to activate him for the weekend series against the Phillies. Span is making his way back from core muscle surgery.
Apr 15 - 12:08 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Harrisburg.

Span, who is coming back from core muscle surgery, got the go-ahead after playing seven innings in a simulated game on Monday. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll play, but joining the Nationals next week sounds like a reasonable expectation. Michael Taylor will continue to fill in for now.
Apr 14 - 1:35 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) is scheduled to play seven innings in an extended spring training game.

Span played five innings in extended spring ball on Sunday. He'll ramp up his efforts on Monday and test the injury running. The team hasn't decided when or where he will start his rehab assignment, but the outfielder is on track for a return in late April as he recovers from core muscle surgery.
Apr 13 - 1:01 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) played three innings in an extended spring training game on Friday.

He'll take batting practice on Saturday and then play five innings in extended spring on Sunday. If all that goes well, Span will be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. He's about two weeks away from being activated from the disabled list.
Apr 10 - 5:09 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) is scheduled to play in a minor league game on Friday.

Span has taken at-bats in simulated games over the last two days without issue. He told reporters on Opening Day that he expects to join the Nationals' active roster in three weeks, and he appears on track to accomplish that goal. Michael Taylor is filling in at center field for the Nats.
Apr 9 - 10:25 AM

Denard Span (abdomen) is scheduled to take live batting practice on Tuesday.

Span told reporters Monday that he expects to be playing in games for the Nationals in three weeks. That may be a little optimistic, but he is making very swift progress from his early-March core muscle surgery. Michael Taylor is in center field and batting leadoff for Washington on Opening Day against the Mets.
Apr 6 - 1:03 PM

Nationals placed OF Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a right core muscle injury.

Span played three innings in a minor league game on Saturday and is making quick work of his recovery from surgery to repair a core muscle. It looks as though he'll return well in advance of the initial assessment and could rejoin the Nationals outfield before the end of April.
Apr 5 - 4:53 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) is slated to play three innings in center field and get at-bats in a minor league game on Saturday.

The veteran outfielder is ahead of schedule in his recovery from core muscle surgery and the Nationals have been impressed by his progress thus far. If he continues at this rate, he could return to the Nationals lineup before the end of April.
Apr 4 - 10:58 AM

Denard Span (abdomen) took batting practice on the field Friday.

It's the first time he's done so since undergoing core muscle surgery in early March. Span has also run some sprints as he works his way back from the procedure. The outfielder appears to be coming along nicely but is expected to miss most, if not all, of April. Michael Taylor will handle center field while Span is out.
Apr 3 - 11:52 AM

Denard Span (abdomen) said Sunday that he isn't sure when he'll be cleared to play in rehab games.

Span is making steady progress from his second core muscle surgery -- he ran sprints and took swings with a fungo bat this past weekend in Florida -- but the Nationals have not yet mapped out a rehab assignment for him. Span probably won't be activated from the disabled list until sometime in early-to-mid May. Michael Taylor is expected to be Washington's primary center fielder in April.
Mar 30 - 12:17 PM

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

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

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