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Span is in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

Span was dealing with recurring back issues over the weekend, causing him to sit out Friday and Saturday. He returned for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader but sat out the nightcap as a precaution. The Nats were off Monday, but Span is back at his usual center field spot Tuesday. He'll bat lead off against Atlanta's Shelby Miller.

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Span is out of the lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

After missing the previous two games with back spasms, Span returned to the lineup for Game 1 of the day and played all nine innings while going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. It doesn't sound like Span is dealing with any setbacks; rather, the Nationals probably just didn't want him playing two games on his first day back. Michael Taylor will cover center field for the nightcap while Span rests up.

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Span (back) is in the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against Philadelphia.

Span was scratched from Friday's lineup due to back spasms and he remained out of the lineup for Saturday's game, which was suspended. He'll return to action Sunday, batting leadoff and manning his usual center field post. Considering Span's back has been an ongoing issue, he should still be considered day-to-day.

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Span (back) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

He was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to back spasms and will be forced to sit again Saturday, joining Bryce Harper (leg) and Yunel Escobar (hand) on the bench. Span is said to be progressing but his status for Sunday's game is uncertain. Consider him day-to-day until there's indication otherwise.

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Span is dealing with back spasms and was scratched from Friday's lineup.

Considering the move was not made until an hour before game time, it would seem that the back spasms were not a major issue earlier in the day. However, this is not a new thing for Span, who has dealt with back spasms earlier this month. The last time he was scratched with this issue he was back in the lineup the next day. Matt den Dekker was the player added to the Nationals' lineup Friday.

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Span (back) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Rays.

Span missed Wednesday's contest due to some minor back stiffness, but it appears the issue as subsided. As a result, he will once again bat atop the Nationals order Thursday and start in center field.

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Span is out of Wednesday's lineup due to back stiffness, but he is expected to play Thursday, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

Span has been very productive when he has been in the lineup this year, but this is just the latest in a string of minor maladies that have sidelined him. He has dealt with back, knee, and abdomen injuries so far this year. However, it is nice to hear that this ailment should just result in a one-game absence.

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Span is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.

It's just a standard day off for Span, who has been swinging a hot bat and got his average back over .300 (.303) with two hits in Tuesday's game. Michael Taylor will get the start in center field in Wednesday's game.

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Span went 3-for-6 with a double, a steal and two RBI -- including the game-winner on an 11th-inning infield single -- in his return to the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.

Span left Sunday's game with back spasms and was a late scratch Tuesday, but showed no ill effects and should be considered fine going forward. He missed the first 12 games of the year after abdominal surgery in March, but has been a catalyst at the top of the order since returning. Span's strikeout rate is hovering just below 10 percent for the second consecutive year, and his five home runs through 39 games match the most he's had in a single season since 2009.

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Span (back) is in the Nationals lineup Wednesday, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

He tested out the back Wednesday morning and everything checked out, so he will re-assume his typical spot atop the Nationals' order. Span admitted that he has not dealt with a back issue like this before and did not know how it would affect him going forward, but for now he appears to be in the clear.