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Span explains injury, hopes to return Wednesday

Jun 2, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT

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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.

  1. manassasnatsfan - Jun 2, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Get it 100% or close to it before you play.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:07 AM

      Seconded.

      On a game note, went to bed in the middle of the 8th, and indulged in a little bit of wishful thinking wherein the Nats tied it up with a salami, then went ahead with a walkoff. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Oh, well. Get ’em tomorrow, uh, today.

  2. rlndtln - Jun 2, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Will we ever be a full strength.Have not for over 1 year.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:34 AM

      I think the Nats will be at full strength in August and will also make some trades to bolster that bullpen.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:56 AM

      Full strength is a luxury. The good teams find a way to win anyway.

  3. scmargenau - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:14 AM

    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.

    -yikes. #pray

    • ArVAFan - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:22 AM

      +1

  4. natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    On another note, how about Bob’s carpenters?

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:42 AM

      Unfortunately, that group looks like the type of people that would start the wave. No thank you.

      • Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:47 AM

        Or, the YMCA. All the same, down in front!

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    For those stat hounds who were following the NL ERA lead which had Greinke and Shelby Miller ahead of Scherzer yesterday, and all 3 of them were pitching yesterday. Scherzer gave up 4, then Greinke gave up 5 and then Miller gave up 4 in 4 1/3 and when the dust settled Scherzer took the top of the NL ERA lead.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp#elem=%5Bobject+Object%5D&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Player+pitching&game_type='R'&season=2015&season_type=ANY&league_code='NL'&sectionType=sp&statType=pitching&page=1&ts=1433331177813

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 10:03 AM

      More impressively JZim is up to 11th. Take away the Redsox adventure not far from first.

      Would nice to re-sign him to along with Scherzer for a while. Some believe that ship has sailed, but I haven’t totally given up on it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 10:37 AM

        If Taylor catches the 2 flyouts in CF I think JZim would easily be closer to a 2.33 ERA.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 10:38 AM

        Right, ‘re-sign JZim and you have your rotation set for years.

  6. natsjackinfl - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    I want to acknowledge Ian Desmond for the distinction of being the only 2 hole hitter in all the games yesterday to attain the coveted “Golden Sombrero”.

    Mike Trout gave him a run by striking out 3 times and 3 others managed 2 K’s in their efforts but only the disciplined Desmond was able to whiff 4 times.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:19 AM

      Should be the #9 hitter. Just won’t change his 2 strike approach. He wants to get paid as a top shortstop but he won’t make the changes needed. Right now he doesn’t look any better than the league average SS and probably a little worse since his clutch stats are poor.

      Current rank is 14th in MLB shortstops for OPS

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting/_/position/ss/sort/OPS/minpa/100

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:20 AM

        As I said yesterday… there is nothing else left to say about Desi… and he needs to get out of the 2 hole ASAP.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM

        Nats had so many chances to bash Estrada yesterday. Just a frustrating game with some poor defensive plays and plays not made.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:28 AM

        Yep, almost as frustrating at Sundays game against the Reds…

        Issues I have with tonight is even if TJordan can give 5 brilliant innings, we then have to turn it over to the BP… They dont give me warm fuzzy feelings right now…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:33 AM

        Relief gives me heartburn

      • MurrayTheRed - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:02 PM

        I’ve always “felt” that Ian is not as good with the game on the line but never had proof.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM

      Yesterday 2 teams had 4 k, 1 had 3 and 1 had 2.

  7. jfmii - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    What I am about to suggest was unthinkable not too long ago. But in the category of do what is best for the team, I believe the Nationals should move Espinosa to shortstop when Rendon returns. Desmond should play left. I have never jumped on Desmond-hating bandwagon, and I am not doing so now. Love his spirit, tolerate his streaky bat, miss his stolen bases, and cringe too much at his defense.

    I think Espinosa’s OBP is the telling stat, and it is staying at an impressive above-.350. If he goes into a swoon and starts swinging at everything again, well then, reassess.

    • ArVAFan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:23 AM

      Speaking “Rendon return”, anyone hear how he did last night?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:24 AM

      I made a suggestion to move Espi to LF when Rendon comes back and just don’t see why you would want to move 2 players around.

      The point as I see it is to improve LF from the players available and Espi is “best player available”. Desi needs to improve at SS.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:51 AM

        Right – better to have one guy playing out of position rather than 2.

        Ian has played OF a little before and it wasn’t pretty. At SS, he had an awful April but his defense has been adequate (not stellar, but adequate) since then.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    I would rather see the Nats trade Espinosa for a truly needed/usable piece than to put him in the OF. In spite of his improvement at the plate, he is not hitting good enough to justify such a radical move at this point in the season. Either a trade for an established reliever, or to a team with a surplus of outfielders that needs a middle infielder makes more sense to me.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:54 AM

      I would like to keep Espi for IF backup. Play him in the OF and he is still available for that.

      Trade him, and Uggla is it. Well, plus Difo–how could I forget him….?

  9. Joe Seamhead - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Our player to be named later, Trea Turner had two bad games in a row, going 0-9 with a rare error over that span.

    • ArVAFan - Jun 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM

      Thanks for the update. So he’s human (as, apparently, is Scherzer).

      I’m sure someone will suggest that we trade him for a bag of balls or just DFA him. And then we can remind them that we have to wait until he’s named before we can get rid of him.

      Wonder if someone will make him a jersey with PTBNL on the back?

  10. Toot D. Blan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    I blame getting swept in Cincinnati on the Reds’ third base coach, whose presence hung a bad Riggle-vibe on our team. Last night, the smallish crowd and the return of Clint cast an Acta-like pall over the proceedings. So now, with Frank Robinson enshrined up on the second deck facade, three of our four former managers have been honored. Let the rest of this season be a celebration of the legacy of the best manager the Nats have ever had, Davey Johnson. Please, baseball gods?

  11. Toot D. Blan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Speaking of managers, the current one was on the Junkies this morning and they asked him flat out if Bryce is dipping. Williams said no, he’s not dipping, that’s “herbal” stuff he’s chewing. The Junkies not being hard-hiiting reporters didn’t follow up by asking which herb it is, but I know of one that’s recently been legalized in DC.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM

      Maybe legal in DC, but it’s use is still good for a ML suspension. As long as it’s legal, maybe he should give some of this herbal chaw to RZimm and see if it helps him.

      BTW, I agree with you regarding Davey.

      • scnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:06 AM

        Wonder if they are clearing a spot on the facade for Rigglemen too

      • Toot D. Blan - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:11 AM

        The facade in the mens room, perhaps.

      • ehay2k - Jun 3, 2015 at 12:37 PM

        Perhaps his picture with the words “Aim Here” in a certain fixture?

      • natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        I would think over an exit.

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