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Nationals CF Denard Span has surgery for sports hernia

  Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span had surgery for a sports hernia, and the team expects him to be ready for spring training in February. Both the Nationals and Span tweeted about the operation on Wednesday. Span batted .302 last season for the National League East champions, with 31 stolen bases and a Nationals-record 184 hits, which tied for the league lead.
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals CF Span has surgery for sports hernia

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span had surgery for a sports hernia, and the team expects him to be ready for spring training in February. Both the Nationals and Span tweeted about the operation on Wednesday. Span batted .302 last season for the NL East champions, with 31 stolen bases and a Nationals-record 184 hits, which tied for the league lead.
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Denard Span undergoes surgery for sports hernia

The Washington Nationals head into the winter, the team appears to need very little following a 96-win season. They finished ninth in the Major Leagues in runs scored and first in ERA. One thing that is important is a healthy roster heading into spring training. So the news that center fielder Denard Span had surgery for a sports hernia is good, considering the fact that it shouldn...
Via Sports Injury Alert
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Jordan Zimmermann: How the Nationals Can Stay Contenders

For a long time now, the 2014-15 offseason has been setting up as a critical one. The Washington Nationals have emerged as a force to be reckoned with over the past three seasons, posting the best record in baseball since Opening Day 2012. But the team must find a way to parlay its short-term success into long-term contention, a process that begins now. Five key contributors will...
Via The Nats Blog
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals rumors: Fielding needs and concerns for the offseason

Ian Desmond The Washington Nationals have a lot to think about during their offseason. Currently there are major needs to resign a few of the key fielders as well as questions for players that are already signed for the upcoming season. Here are some things for the Washington Nationals to think about for 2015. Locking down Ian Desmond Ian Desmond has been a crucial part of the...
Via isportsweb.com
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Retain Span, Decline Options on LaRoche/Soriano

Photo Credit: cbssports.com With the MLB season ending Wednesday night in Kansas City. baseball’s attention turns to front office activity. The Nationals announced some moves on Thursday afternoon. James Wagner of the Washington Post reported the Nationals exercised Denard Span’s 2015 contract option, for $9M. Span, who was second on the club with 94 runs scored & third...
Via DC Sports-Kings
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals keep Span, set LaRoche, Soriano free

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have exercised their $9 million option for 2015 on center fielder Denard Span, while declining options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano, who become free agents. The club announced the moves Thursday. Span, Washington's leadoff hitter, batted .302 with 31 steals and tied for first in the NL with a Nationals-record...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats exercise 2015 option for Denard Span

Center field will be patrolled by a familiar face in 2015 for the Washington Nationals.  According to Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore, Denard Span will return after the Nationals exercised a 2015 contract option for $9 million. The move is not all that surprising.  Span had a terrific 2014 season batting .302 over 147 games with a solid .355 on base percentage.  At the plate...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam LaRoche and Denard Span are finalists for Gold Glove Award

Photo cred: zimbio.com On Thursday, the Gold Glove finalists were announced for all starting positions. Nationals’ first baseman, Adam LaRoche, and center fielder, Denard Span, are both finalists for their respected positions. This is LaRoche’s and Span’s second time being finalists for the Gold Glove as Washington Nationals. Adam LaRoche won the award in 2012. #RawlingsGoldGlove...
Via DC Sports-Kings
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Players who were better off bunting this season

Bunts were more topical before the Royals discovered how to hit home runs in the playoffs. But bunt fever can never be cured, only controlled. Hopefully people have a more nuanced view of bunts. Jeff Sullivan recently discussed how the Royals’ bunts this year actually have not been so bad according to Win Probability Added, […]
Via Fangraphs
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Rumors: Denard Span hoping his option is picked up

Nationals center fielder Denard Span told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he "would be surprised if [my option] wasn't picked up. You just never know." He expects to hear after the World Series and made it clear that he wants to return to the Nationals. #456749724 / gettyimages.com Span, 30, had an excellent regular season at the plate, slashing .302/.355/.416 (OPS+ 113) with...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Go ahead, blame the Nats NLDS Game 1 loss on Bryce Harper's lack of hustle, says Thomas Boswell

Up above, video of Joe Panik's 7th inning triple that Denard Span surprisingly missed despite a perfectly timed leap at the wall -- Span makes that catch 999 out of 1000 times. Meanwhile, if the Washington Post's resident Bryce Harper hater Thomas Boswell is to be believed, Bryce Harper's lack of hustle on the play is to blame for Panik ending up on third base. Panik scored...
Via Nationals Enquirer
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: 3 reasons Denard Span will carry the Nationals through October

Denard Span Denard Span has only been with the Washington Nationals for two short years but he has made every minute of it count. Span has been in the majors since 2008 and has made a name for himself on the Nationals in the 2014 season. In the short amount of time he has been in Washington he has become an asset to the Nationals. Here are the three top reasons Denard Span will carry...
Via isportsweb.com
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals rained out; injured CF Span wasn't playing, anyway

  Even before the game was rained out, Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span wasn't going to play. Span wasn't in Wednesday night's lineup against the New York Mets, a day after he was removed following a tumbling catch. Meanwhile, Ryan Zimmerman had been slotted in left field after pinch-hitting in the seventh inning Tuesday night. Manager Matt Williams said Span could...
Via AP on Fox
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Denard Span goes down with injury in Nationals' victory over Mets

  Watching his center fielder and leadoff hitter, Denard Span, get up slowly and walk off the field gingerly after making a tumbling catch left Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams feeling uneasy. ''When he starts limping,'' Williams said, ''of course there's some tense moments in the dugout, for sure.'' Span left in the third inning Tuesday night after banging and scraping...
Via AP on Fox
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

UPDATED: Nationals Injury Update: Denard Span exits with bruised knee

After making a spectacular diving catch against the wall in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Mets (video here and below), Nationals center fielder Denard Span was removed for pinch hitter Michael Taylor, who remained in the game.UPDATE: 9/24/2014. Span's right knee is bruised and sore. He'll rest a couple of days, reports Chase Hughes of Nats Insider.Span, 30, is...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Span exits in 3rd but Nationals beat Mets 4-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Denard Span left in the third inning after making a diving, tumbling catch, and NL East champion Washington went on to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night. The win boosted the Nationals' push for home-field advantage during the National League playoffs. They began the day three games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals CF Span leaves game after diving catch

WASHINGTON (AP) Denard Span has left the Washington Nationals' game against the New York Mets after making a diving, tumbling catch to end the top of the third inning. The center fielder made a terrific grab on the warning track of a liner off the bat of Matt den Dekker that earned a standing ovation from spectators and high-fives from several teammates Tuesday night. Span, who...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Denard Span exits after diving catch

After making a spectacular diving catch against the wall in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Mets (video here and below), Nationals center fielder Denard Span was removed for pinch hitter Michael Taylor, who remained in the game, according to Chase Hughes of Nats Insider.Span, 30, is batting .300/.353/.414 with a league-leading 180 hits and 31 stolen bases. Span walked...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

LaRoche Homers, Span Injured In Nationals’ Victory Over Mets

The last time the Washington Nationals (92-64) played at Nationals Park they lost a disappointing game to the Atlanta Braves that left their magic number to clinch a playoff position stuck at 10. On Tuesday, the Nats returned to Washington wearing their NL-East crown, chasing a different number after their 11-game road trip: Two. With their 4-2 win over the New York Mets (76-81)...
Via The Nats Blog
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals: The Final Ten Days

Although it sure seemed that way earlier this week, the baseball season is not over. After you wake up from a football fog on Monday morning, the Nationals will be enjoying a well deserved day off. The Nats finish up the regular season with a home stand, seven games in six days, beginning on Tuesday. Adam LaRoche hit a two rum bomb in the first inning on Friday night, powering the...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

A Fun Comparison for Denard Span

I’m an unabashed fan of Denard Span, and for my money, he remains one of the game’s most underrated players. But I’ll admit that when I saw this a few hours ago, even I was surprised. Below, a side by side comparison of Span and Jacoby Ellsbury since the start of the 2012 season. Name […]
Via Fangraphs
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Denard Span reaches 1,000 career hits

Nationals center-fielder Denard Span entered Friday’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies hitting .353. It’s no coincidence since he surge at the plate the Nationals were 28-17 and have taken a commanding seven-game lead in the National League East. Span came into the game needing 21 hits to set a new career-high, while all he needed was one hit to reach 1,000 hits in his...
Via KCM Sports
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Denard Span should expect a drug test after two-homer game, teammates joke (vids)

Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span has been on a torrid hitting streak at the plate over the past week. On Monday, he remained on the hot streak, hitting two home runs while going 2-5 with 3 RBI in the team’s 6-4 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since last Wednesday, a five-game stretch, Span […] The post Denard Span should expect a drug test after two-homer game...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals hit 4 homers, beat L.A. in battle of NL's top two teams

  Denard Span hit two of Washington's four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of division leaders. The East-leading Nationals (78-58) own the National League's best record, while the Dodgers (77-61) are atop the West and close behind in pursuit of the top seed, despite losing...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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