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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.

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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.

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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.

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Span (knee) is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader with the Mets, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.

Span will more than likely sit for both games of the doubleheader as he recovers from a knee injury sustained Tuesday night. It doesn't sound like the issue is anything that will jeopardize his availability for the playoffs, but his usage could remain sparse over the final few games of the regular season.

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Span (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets, CSN's Mark Zuckerman reports.

Span will receive a planned day off after scraping up his knee making a diving catch Tuesday night. The team expects him to be fine going forward, but he could sit out a few more games as a precaution. Bryce Harper will slide over to center field in Span's absence Wednesday, while Ryan Zimmerman enters the lineup in left.

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Span left Tuesday's game after injuring his knee while making a spectacular play in the field during the third inning, and he is not expected to play Wednesday, CSN Washington's Chase Hughes reports.

His right knee was scraped and bruised during the diving play, and while he could probably play Wednesday if a win was imperative, the Nationals will opt to not take any chances a division title has already been secured. Look for Michael Taylor to fill in for Span on Wednesday, and he should be considered day-to-day going forward.