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Nationals center fielder Denard Span underwent surgery to repair his right core muscle on Monday, the team announced. Manager Matt Williams said Span will be out 4-6 weeks before he can resume baseball activities. (Source: Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: With Jayson Werth and fourth outfielder Nate McLouth both recovering from shoulder surgery, Span's injury eats into the Nationals' depth. The Nats may be able to get by with prospect Michael Taylor and veteran Tony Gwynn, Jr., but with the team "all in" for 2015, a trade is possible.

 

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Span had a great 2014 season, basically best case scenario, and looks to build on that momentum in 2014. (Source: Comcast Sportsnet)

Fantasy Impact: Although he had a great season, there is room for improvement with the Nats leadoff hitter. For example his walk rate. He had 50 BB vs 65 SO. The worry is looking at his inconsistency in 2013 and the way he ended the 2014 season. There is the risk of Span reverting to his 2013 statistics, and also the chance that he will bat .300 with 30+ steals. The late round pick is well worth the risk.