Denard Span CF WSH 3 weeks ago

Span's exam revealed no structural damage in his back, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Span and the Nats finally received some clarity on the back issue, and fortunately, it's not as bad as they had feared. Doctors have recommended some news exercises that should help, and there's optimism Span may not need more than the minimum 15 days required by his DL stint.

Denard Span CF WSH 3 weeks ago

Span (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Span was expected to move to the disabled list, and now the move has been made official. With the All-Star break on tap, he will reduce the amount of games missed, and will be eligible to return July 23. The Nationals recalled Wilmer Difo to replace him on the 25-man roster.

Denard Span CF WSH 3 weeks ago

Span (back) will likely require a stint on the 15-day disabled list, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.

After visiting a back specialist in Dallas on Thursday, reports indicate that Span will likely land on the DL due to back spasms. Span had already been ruled out for this weekend's series, and now his absence from the lineup could be extended. The Nationals have yet to place Span on the disabled list officially, but Michael Taylor will likely continue to man center field duties in Span's absence.

Denard Span CF WSH 4 weeks ago

Span (back) will see a specialist Thursday, after which the Nationals will decide on whether the veteran outfielder requires a stint on the DL, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Span has been battling back spasms intermittently over the past couple of weeks and is missing another game Wednesday. He's out until after the All-Star break, but Thursday's visit with a specialist should shed light on whether Span's back spasms will land him on the DL.

Denard Span CF WSH 4 weeks ago

Span (back) said there is "no chance" that he plays in this weekend's series against Baltimore, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

This means that he will be out until at least July 17 -- the first game after the All-Star break. Span is going to Dallas on Thursday to see a back specialist. The team thinks his back issues are related to the core surgeries he had this offseason and how that effected his ability to get his body right in spring training. He is still too good when he's healthy for owners to part with Span in most formats. Consider him questionable to return after the All-Star break. Michael Taylor should continue to start in center field in his absence.

Denard Span CF WSH 4 weeks ago

Span (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday.

As expected, Span will sit again Wednesday as he's not slated to see a specialist until Thursday. Michael Taylor will get another start in center field.

Denard Span CF WSH 4 weeks ago

Span will not see a back specialist until Thursday, so he should be considered out until at least this weekend's series against the Orioles, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

The team has not yet released the results of Span's MRI from Tuesday morning, but it is clear that the Nationals' center fielder wants to take a cautious approach this time with his back issue. It is entirely possible that he could be shut down until after the All-Star break, as Span has already missed five games over the past month due to back spasms and he wants to nip the issue in the bud. Michael Taylor figures to start in center field in the short term.

Denard Span CF WSH 4 weeks ago

Span (back) got an MRI Tuesday and is expected to see a specialist in the coming days, CSN Washington's Chase Hughes reports. "I want to know what the root of the problem is so we can take the correct course of action and correct the problem," Span said Tuesday.

Span's back spasms keep popping up, so it makes sense that they are going to take a harder look at what's going on this time around. He has now missed five games over the past month with back issues, so it would be good if he did whatever possible to correct the issue. The MRI results won't be available until Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, but it certainly sounds like Span could miss at least a couple games this time around. In the meantime Michael Taylor got the start in center field and hit atop the order Tuesday against the Reds.

Denard Span CF WSH 4 weeks ago

Span (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of CSN reports.

Span was lifted from Monday's game due to back spasms, an issue that has plagued him throughout the season. He'll remain out Tuesday as Michael Taylor handles center field duties. Consider Span day-to-day until the team says otherwise.

Denard Span CF WSH 4 weeks ago

Span was removed from Monday's game due to a back spasm.

The Nationals did not provide the reason for Span's removal at the time of his exit, but it is now clear that the back spasms he has dealt with the last few weeks have popped up again. Span will be reevaluated Tuesday, and the Nationals will provide an update on his status at some point prior to game time.