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Span returns to Nats lineup

May 3, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT

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After leaving Thursday’s game and sitting out on consecutive nights, Denard Span has returned to the Nationals’ lineup as they get ready to take on the Mets in New York.

Span was removed from the game on Friday due to soreness in his abdomen. He told MLB.com afterwards the discomfort was near the area where he had core muscle surgery on March 9. Span also had sports hernia surgery back in December.

Span originally returned from the core muscle procedure on April 19 in a Nats win over the Phillies. Through 10 games this year, he is hitting .302 with two home runs, seven RBI, 10 runs, three walks and four doubles.

Span, 31, is in his third season with the Nationals. He placed 19th in NL MVP voting in 2014 with a .302 average, 94 runs and 31 steals.

  1. rgsie - May 3, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    With Taylor playing well there is no rush.

    • tcostant - May 3, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      I think Werth gets a day off in the next two days and you’ll see Talyor again.

  2. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Span’s smart base running on a “sure” double play ball ultimately resulted in the Nats first run, and no, Taylor probably wouldn’t have made that move.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    That’s a big fail by Werth and especially Harper and capped off by a 3 pitch K by RZim.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:52 PM

      Huh? Are talking about the same thing, Steve? I was talking about the play in the top of the first.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 2:57 PM

        I’m talking about men on 3rd and 2nd and no outs.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 3:33 PM

        I was referring to Span avoiding the tag in the first inning, which resulted in Escobar being safe at first rather than the Mets turning two. Then Werth forced Yunel, then Werth scored on Zimmerman’s hit.

        Conversation on this thread started with OP calling for Span to sit another day and for MAT to start. My point that Span’s heads up baserunning play ultimately resulted in the run scoring in the first.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 6:06 PM

        Joe, I wasn’t replying to you rather just commenting on today’s game.

  4. Eric - May 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Span looked great digging out that double.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      That, too, Eric.

  5. ehay2k - May 3, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    3 out of 4 in NY against the unstoppable divion leaders.

    R E L A X

  6. Sonny G 10 - May 3, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Been trying to catch the games on At Bat radio. On long camping trip across the country til end of June.

  7. sjm308 - May 4, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    With 6 hour time difference, this was the first game I had Internet and could listen to.
    Nice to hear C & D and a win helps as well

  8. Drew - May 4, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    Couple of interesting minor league notes:

    With DiFo now playing short at Harrisburg, the Nats are trying Rick Hague in left field.

    On Sunday Syracuse played Columbus, which had Zach Walters at DH and Destin Hood in left field.

    In his last month in the Padres system, Trea Turner is now hitting .291 with an .810 OPS.

    I think Josh Johnson, the 2b at Syracuse, is on borrowed time.

    If the Nats promote Renda to Syracuse it will give them a lot more flexibility with Turner, Difo and Perez, the Potomac shortstop.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 4, 2015 at 5:34 AM

      Good stuff, Drew.

      • Doc - May 4, 2015 at 8:17 AM

        Thanks Drew!

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