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Denard Span (CF)

San Francisco Giants

Bats: L, Throws: L

Denard Span has signed a 3-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. (Source: Henry Schulman)

Fantasy Impact: The Span move puts him at the top of a lineup that should build on breakout campaigns from Matt Duffy and Joe Panik. Injuries limited Span to 61 games last year, but he should provide speed and some OBP at the top of the Giants lineup.


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Denard Span's season is over

Sat, Aug 29th 8:02pm EDT
By Rose Ingberman

Centerfielder Denard Span will undergo hip surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his hip, ending his 2015 season. (Source: Chase Hughes of Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Span is in for a four to six month recovery/rehab, but if it is successful, the lefty leadoff man should be able to land a multi-year contract.


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Denard Span back to DL

Fri, Aug 28th 10:41am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

The Nationals have sent OF Denard Span back to the DL due to left hip inflammation. (Source: James Wagner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Span only made it through two games before landing back on the DL. There's a real chance that we've seen the last of Span in 2015.


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Denard Span in lineup tonight

Tue, Aug 25th 3:42pm EDT
By Rose Ingberman

Denard Span is in the Nationals' lineup for Tuesday night against the Padres, leading off and playing centerfield. (Source: Dan Kolko via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Prior to going on the DL July 7 with back spasms, Span hit .304/.367/.430 with five homers and 22 RBI in 59 games. His left-handed bat is welcome in a lineup with only one other lefty regular (Bryce Harper). For what it's worth, Span was 7-for-17 with a home run, three walks and a stolen base in six rehab games.


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The Nationals will activate OF Denard Span from the disabled list today. Span has been out since early July due to a lingering back injury. (Source: Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Span looked good during his rehab assignment, and the team is hoping he picks up where he left off. He was productive for the Nats prior to his injury, hitting .304/.367/.430. He could be worth a look for owners in need of OF help.


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Denard Span went 2-for-2 with a walk and played five innings in the field for the Low-A Hagerstown Suns on Wednesday. This after playing five innings Tuesday night and requesting to play for a second consecutive game rather than DH. (Source: Chelsea Jones of The Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Span will need to play nine innings for a game or two, but it looks like he could return during the Nationals' upcoming homestand, possibly as early as Tuesday night against the Padres. The veteran center fielder would take over the leadoff spot, where he hit .304/.367/.430 with five homers and 22 RBI before going on the DL with back spasms July 7.


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Denard Span increasing activity

Thu, Aug 13th 12:43pm EDT
By Brian Naylor

Nationals manager, Matt Williams, confirmed Span has begun throwing, running and swinging the bat. Williams also said the Nationals will increase Span's activity level with caution. (Source: James Wagner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Span has been on the disabled list with a back injury since July 10. Conflicting reports have come out in the last week establishing widely variable timetables for his return. The Nationals have not released anything officially projecting a return date.


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Washington Nationals OF Denard Span recently experienced a setback in his return from a back injury. Following the setback, he told reporters that he's not sure if he'll play again this season. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Span was expected to return as soon as this week prior to the setback, and fantasy owners were hoping to have available to them. His absence is likely to impact the Nationals more than fantasy teams. If you've hung onto him to this point, it's probably worth waiting a few days until more is learned about his condition, but he's nearing the point where he can be dropped in all formats.


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Denard Span spent the last three days in the batting cage and taking ground balls. Wednesday marked the first time since Span hit the DL, with back tightness, that he fielded balls in the air. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Span has been rock solid for the Nationals all year when he was on the field. With the Nationals struggling to score runs, Span is needed more than ever now. With this recent news we hope to see Span back in the lineup in the next week.


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Denard Span has yet to swing a bat since receiving a cortisone shot in his back on July 13th. (Source: Comcast Sportsnet)

Fantasy Impact: Span is recovering from back tightness that landed him on the disabled list on July 7. The back spasms caused him to miss multiple games before the Nationals decided to put him on the disabled list.


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Denard Span was put on the fifteen-day disabled list Friday to rest his lingering back tightness after seeing a specialist on Thursday. Span’s move to the disabled list is retroactive to July 7, so he would be eligible to come off July 22 (five games after the all-star break). (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals will continue using Michael Taylor in center field until Span returns from injury.


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Denard Span will miss the next couples games as he meets with a specialist to help find the root cause of his back issues that have caused him to miss multiple games over the last month. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Span is flying to Dallas on Thursday to meet with the specialist. Manager, Matt Williams, has gone on record as saying the team will not put Span on the disabled list until they understand the root issue causing the back spasms.


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Denard Span will miss Tuesday's game due to a back injury he suffered Monday night. (Source: William Ladson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Span had an MRI Tuesday and plans to see a back specialist after leaving Monday night's contest after two innings. The same injury has caused him to miss three out of his last ten games.


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Denard Span went 1-for-2 with a RBI in the seventh inning for the Nationals' only run of the game, Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Span continues to be a strong play in daily formats as his production over the last ten games is outpacing his salary expense.


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Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a run and a walk Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Span has been in and out of the lineup lately missing games on Friday and Sunday due to back spasms but has continued to produce when on the field. Span is batting .308 on the season and continues to be relied on heavily as a lead off batter for the Nationals.


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Denard Span continued his hot hitting as of late by going 2-for-4 with with a double, an RBI and a run scored on Tuesday in a win over the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Span is batting .350 in his last 20 AB and now batting .308 on the season.


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Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a run and walk on Thursday in a 5-3 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Span has been on fire in June (when on the field), batting .382 in his last 34 AB. The hot streak has pushed Span's batting average above .300 to .307 on the season.


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Denard Span returns to lineup

Thu, Jun 18th 10:02pm EDT
By Brian Naylor

Denard Span is in Thursday's lineup and will be batting in the lead off spot

Fantasy Impact: Span missed Wednesday night's game with back stiffness. Span is batting .366 in his last six games.


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Denard Span to sit tonight

Wed, Jun 17th 4:18pm EDT
By Brian Naylor

Denard Span will sit out Wednesday's match up with Tampa Bay Rays because of tightness in his back. (Source: MASN)

Fantasy Impact: No significant issue here as he is expected to be in Thursday's lineup.


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Denard Span went 3-for-6 in his return to the lineup in the Nationals' 5-4 win over the Yankees Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Span was a late scratch Tuesday due to back spasms, but played hero Wednesday. On Monday he saw a chiropractor for his back pain and seemed to be moving fine before yesterday's game. This is still a day-to-day injury as back injuries can linger and this is the first Span has dealt with this kind of injury.


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Denard Span is listed in Wednesday's active lineup. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ryan Zimmerman is not listed in Wednesday's lineup while dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.


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Denard Span was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees because of back pain. (Source: Washington Nationals Official Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael Taylor will replace him in center.


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Denard Span will make his return to the Nationals lineup Wednesday and will lead off after sitting out a doubleheader Tuesday with a sore knee. (Source: Dan Kolko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Span. Manager, Matt Williams, eluded on Sunday when Span was hurt that he wouldn't miss much time.


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Denard Span left Sunday’s game in the eighth inning with sore right knee. The injury is his right patella tendon that he injured in a game against the Cubs last week. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals training staff found no structural damage and manager, Matt Williams, said he does not expect to hold Span out any considerable amount of time because of the injury. Williams said he is not concerned about the injury as one that would hold Span out for significant time.


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Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a tie-breaking RBI Wednesday night in a win for the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Span has been a pleasant surprise so far this year as he started the season off on the disabled list. In the month of May, Span is batting .356, with one home run and six RBI.


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The Washington Nationals pounded the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, 13-4. Denard Span knocked in three with a three-run home run in the ninth inning. It was Span's second home run of the season. He finished the game 2-for-6 and is now batting .317.

Fantasy Impact: Span has seven hits in the last two games, after starting the season 6-for-29. Span has shown surprising power, with a slugging percentage of .561, much higher than his career mark of .394. While the power likely wont continue, Span should remain a solid fantasy contributor.


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The Washington Nationals came back from a 9-1 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, 13-12. Denard Span played a big role, going 5-for-6 with four runs scored. Span, who had been off to a slow start, is now hitting .314 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Span, who has played in only eight games this season, was hitting .207 prior to last night's game. Although not hitting for much power or drawing many walks, Span is making contact and getting on base at a .342 clip.


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Denard Span went 1-for-5 this afternoon, in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Span had a good series against the Cardinals, going 4-for-13. Span and the Nationals will begin a weekend series against Mat Latos and the Miami Marlins tomorrow night. This should be a good matchup for Span, as Latos comes in struggling through his first three starts of the season. Latos is 1-2 with a 6.14 ERA this year.


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The Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in 10 innings on Tuesday by the score of 2-1. Denard Span got two hits in the win and is now batting .300 in two games since back from injury.

Fantasy Impact: Span is back in his customary role as lead-off hitter. He hit .302 with five home runs, 37 RBi and 37 stolen bases last season. He's a solid outfielder who will help fantasy owners in batting average, runs scored and stolen bases.


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Denard Span returns from DL

Sun, Apr 19th 10:34am EDT
By Rose Ingberman

The Nationals have activated centerfielder Denard Span from the DL. In 2014 the lefty leadoff hitter topped the National League in hits, while batting .302 with 31 stolen bases. Span had core muscle surgery in March and missed spring training. (Source: Chase Hughes of CSN Washington)

Fantasy Impact: Offensively, Span may start slowly and be subbed out in late innings, but within a few weeks he should return to form.


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Denard Span, who had core-muscle surgery in March, played seven innings in the field and ran the bases "free and easy" as the centerfielder for Double-A Harrisburg. (Source: Mick Reinhard of PennLive )

Fantasy Impact: Span should slide back into the leadoff spot for the Nationals within the next ten days. In 2014 he hit .302 and stole 31 bases.


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Denard Span was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, Sunday as he returns from a right core injury. (Source: Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: Due to the nature of the injury Span should only come back when he is fully ready, despite reports that he will be back in the lineup before the end of April, because of the torque the core must generate to swing effectively it is critical that Span not rush back from the injury.


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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.