Denard Span CF WAS 1 day 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.

Denard Span CF WAS 3 days ago

Span (abdomen) threw from as far as 150 feet during a long-toss session Saturday, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

A day after running sprints and taking some light swings with the fungo bat, Span extended the distance of his long toss, marking another positive step forward in his recovery from core muscle surgery. He seems to be progressing well, but there's been nothing to suggest Span's estimated return of early May has been moved up at all.

Denard Span CF WAS 4 days ago

Span (abdomen) ran sprints and took light swings with a fungo bat Friday afternoon, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Span is taking another step forward in the rehab process, but there still hasn't been anything to indicate that he could return before May. Michael Taylor figures to get most of the playing time in center field until Span is ready.

Denard Span CF WAS 2 weeks ago

Span (abdomen) played catch Thursday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

While Span is not expected back until May, it's a step in the right direction for the outfielder. He'll likely continue to play light catch in the coming days before resuming baseball activities in about a month.

Denard Span CF WAS 3 weeks ago

Span (abdomen) will likely be out until May, MLB.com reports.

The abdominal pain first surfaced for Span close to two months after he underwent hernia surgery in December, and it only grew worse as he tried to play through it in the initial weeks of spring training. Span underwent surgery to address the issue Monday -- specifically, to repair the rectus abdominis muscle. He has been cleared to perform walking drills and lower abdominal exercises, and he could play some light catch in the coming days, but he won't resume baseball activities for 4-to-6 weeks.

Denard Span CF WAS 3 weeks ago

Span will abstain from baseball activities for 4-to-6 weeks following his core muscle surgery Monday, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

This means Span will almost certainly start the year on the DL, as he will likely need a rehab assignment once he is able to see game action before rejoining the Nationals. Fantasy owners should probably expect to be without Span for much, if not all of April, and Michael Taylor figures to get the bulk of the starts in center field during that time. Taylor has very impressive raw power, and plus speed, but there is also a lot of swing and miss in his game. He should prove useful in deeper mixed leagues while Span is out, especially in points leagues.

Denard Span CF WAS 3 weeks ago

Span underwent surgery Monday to repair a right core muscle injury.

Span had offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia and must have had a setback after playing in spring training. It's not clear how long he'll be out, but it seems likely he'll begin the season on the DL.

Denard Span CF WAS 1 month ago

Manager Matt Williams indicated Span (hernia) has been cleared to be "full-go" at the Nationals' workouts, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Span is expected to be eased into game action at the start of spring training, but it appears he should be okay heading into the start of the season. His goals this season include stealing at least 32 bases (he had 31 in 2014), and to make the All-Star Game. If he can hit near the .302/.355/.416 numbers he had last season, there's no reason Span shouldn't be able to accomplish those targets.

Denard Span CF WAS 1 month ago

Span said that he's fully recovered from hernia surgery in December, but he'll be eased into game action during the Grapefruit League slate, the Nationals' official site reports. "I'm not in a rehab mode. So I've been working out. I've been hitting, throwing, fielding. I've been doing everything," Span said. "From what has been communicated to me, we are going to take it slow, just be smart and realize that it's a long camp."

Span is hoping to accomplish to individual goals in 2015 -- earning an All-Star team nod, and stealing at least 32 bases. As the tablesetter in a strong Washington lineup, he should be a good source of runs scored and batting average again this season.

Denard Span CF WAS 2 months ago

Span says his rehab from hernia surgery is going well, and he should be ready for the beginning of spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.The Nationals' center fielder and leadoff hitter will look to at least repeat his 2014 numbers, in which he hit .302 with 94 runs scored and 31 steals, in his final season before free agency.