Jun 2, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
Denard Span met with reporters after the Nationals’ doubleheader split with the Blue Jays on Wednesday to give an update on his sore right knee and shed some light on how the injury actually occurred.
Span said he originally sustained the injury during the team’s series at the Chicago Cubs and it got worse several days later while the Nats were playing at the Cincinnati Reds.
“It was on a play where I went back on a ball and kind of lost my footing and slipped. That’s when it originated. Then, when we moved on to Cincinnati, there was a couple plays where I kind of just re-aggravated it.”
Span said the injury was more painful once he hurt it again in Cincinnati. It was then the Nats sent him for X-rays and an MRI. He has received ice and ultrasound treatment, anti-inflammatory pills and Voltaren gel to try and reduce the swelling.
Span said the swelling has gone down a bit.
“It’s getting better. It’s still puffy in one area, but it’s okay,” he explained.
Span was out of the Nats’ lineup on Monday night before their game was postponed due to rain. He then missed both sides of the doubleheader. The original hope was that he could play in the night game, but did not feel up to it after warming up that afternoon.
“I just didn’t feel good. It felt better than it did yesterday, which is encouraging. But I just felt it was probably smart to give it another day. I’m going to come back out here tomorrow. I’m pretty confident that I will hopefully play in the game. That didn’t sound too confident. But yeah, I’m just going to come here tomorrow and go through my normal routine and see where I’m at. In my mind, I’m going to play tomorrow,” said.
Span said he will know after batting practice whether he can make his return, and is anxious to do so. Span has already missed time this year dating back to spring training after having surgeries to repair a sports hernia and a core muscle.
“I’m going to try not to worry. I’m a big worrier. I’ve had a couple of injuries already this offseason and during spring training. So, I’m trying not to worry myself. I’m just trusting in what the training staff and the doctors have told me. They said I should be okay. Only thing for me to do is to go out there and test it out. Once I do that, that will be the truth right there,” he said.
Span is batting .314 this season with five home runs and 16 RBI in 33 games.
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