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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.

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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.

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Span says his rehab from hernia surgery is going well, and he should be ready for the beginning of spring training, Adam Berry of 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.

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Span had his $9 million club option for the 2015 season picked up by the Nationals on Thursday, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

The move comes as no surprise after Span turned in arguably his best major league season in 2014. The center fielder slashed .302/.355/.416 while notching a career-best 184 hits to go with 37 RBI, five home runs and 31 steals (also a career-best). To top it all off, Span was named a finalist for the National League Gold Glove award.

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Span went 1-for-2 in the Nationals' regular season finale on Sunday.

It got overshadowed by Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter, but with his third inning double Span became the Nats' single-season hit leader with 184 knocks. He'll head into the postseason riding a .321/.394/.488 line in 84 September at-bats.

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Span went 2-for-3 Saturday with a run scored.

In addition to his impressive .301/.354/.414 slash line, 94 runs scored and 31 steals in 38 attempts, Span now holds the Nationals' record for multi-hit games in a season with 58, and will claim the team record for hits in a season as well if he can add to his total of 183 in the season finale on Sunday.

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Span is not in the lineup Friday against the Mets.

Span rejoined the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader after an extended absence due to a knee injury, but will sit for Game 2. Michael Taylor will start in center field in his place and lead off for the Nationals.

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Manager Matt Williams said Span will play in Friday's game against the Marlins, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Span was believed to be an option for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader, but was ultimately held out of the lineup. He did pinch hit in the first game of the doubleheader, however, and will rejoin the lineup Friday in preparation for the postseason.

Denard Span CF WAS 5 Months

Span (knee) will not play in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets, William Ladson of reports.

After sitting the first game, it was thought that Span, who scraped up his knee diving for a fly ball Tuesday, could play in the nightcap. However, the team will continue to hold him out as a precaution with the playoffs fast approaching. Nate Schierholtz gets the nod in center field for Game 2.

Denard Span CF WAS 5 Months

Span (knee) could play in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets, Dan Kolko of reports.

A bruised knee, the result of a spectacular diving grab in the third inning of Tuesday's game, will keep Span on the bench for Game 1 of the twin bill. However, manager Matt Williams said he could still play in the nightcap, suggesting the injury isn't much of a concern at all at this point. Michael Taylor is starting in center field in the matinee.