Denard Span CF WAS 2 days ago

Span (abdomen) will play at least one more rehab game before returning from the disabled list, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

It was previously reported that Span was cleared to play a full nine innings with Low-A Hagerstown on Thursday, but manager Matt Williams would only commit to his center fielder playing seven innings. The skipper also said that Span will need at least one more minor league outing, and if you factor in a likely rest day after the completion of his rehab assignment, Sunday seems like a realistic best-case scenario for Span's 2015 debut.

Denard Span CF WAS 3 days ago

Span (abdomen) is scheduled to play nine innings in a rehab game with Low-A Hagerstown on Thursday, CSN's Mark Zuckerman reports.

For precautionary reasons, Span did not play a full nine innings in his first rehab game Tuesday, but he did not report any issues with his abdominal muscles after the contest. With Span cleared to play a full game Thursday, his return to the big club should not be far off, barring any setbacks over the next few days.

Denard Span CF WAS 4 days ago

Span (abdomen) joined Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday to begin a rehab assignment, James of the Washington Post reports.

Initially expected to be out until May, Span is now on track to make his 2015 debut in mid-to-late April. He has already played in a few games at expended spring training, and while his rehab assignment figures to last a few more games, Span could conceivably join the Nationals by this weekend or early next week. His return will bring an end to Michael Taylor's stint as the everyday center fielder.

Denard Span CF WAS 5 days ago

Span (abdomen) will play seven innings in an extended spring training game in the near future, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Span will be given the green light to run at full speed, something that was an issue for him before undergoing surgery in March. If the Nationals are comfortable with Span's progress after his extended spring outing, he could head out on a rehab assignment shortly thereafter.

Denard Span CF WAS 1 week ago

Span (core surgery) played three innings in extended spring training on Friday, collecting two hits in three at-bats, the Washington Post reports.

He's scheduled to play five innings on Saturday, and if all goes well Span should begin a rehab assignment with one of the Nats' minor league clubs next week. He's on pace to return to the major league lineup by the end of April.

Denard Span CF WAS 1 week ago

Span (core surgery) will head to the Nationals' spring training complex this weekend to continue his rehab, the Washington Post reports.

He's already started to see limited action in simulated games in DC, and the club is hoping Span might be able to come off the DL by the end of April.

Denard Span CF WAS 2 weeks ago

Span (abdomen) plans to take live batting practice Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Span seems optimistic about his current condition, but still expects to be roughly three weeks away from live action. The center fielder will likely need a rehab stint in the minors before returning to the Nationals, leaving Michael Taylor with plenty of reps to pick up in the short term.

Denard Span CF WAS 2 weeks ago

Span (abdomen) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Span was able to play a few innings in center field Friday, but all signs at the moment currently indicate a mid-April return. With Jayson Werth (shoulder) also set to start the year on the disabled list, Bryce Harper, Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore currently project to be the Nationals' Opening Day starters in the outfield.

Denard Span CF WAS 2 weeks ago

Span (abdomen) played three innings in center field Friday during a minor league spring game and will receive at-bats Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Indications are that Span is well ahead of schedule and could return before his projected date. He'll still miss Opening Day, but mid-April is a good bet. His return would send Michael Taylor over to left field unless Jayson Werth also returns, in which case the young player would hit the bench.

Denard Span CF WAS 3 weeks ago

Span (abdomen) has been making significant progress in his recovery, including running sprints, swinging a light bat and making throws from 200 feet, the Washington Post's James Wagner reports. "The last three days were really good," Span said. "Overall, it's been feeling a lot better than I anticipated or a lot of people anticipated feeling this soon."

He is still unsure when he will be able to begin playing in rehab games or rejoin the Nationals, but early to mid-May were the initial targets. Meanwhile, Michael Taylor a talented young prospect with a power/speed skill set will occupy center field for the Nationals to start the season.