Jun 7, 2015, 8:24 PM EST
Denard Span left Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Chicago Cubs with back spasms, adding yet another ailment to a long list of them for the Nationals center fielder this season.
Span missed three games earlier in the week with a sore right knee. He also missed time in early May with soreness in his abdomen. That was after beginning the season on the disabled list while he recovered from core muscle surgery. He also had sports hernia surgery in the offseason.
Span and the Nationals believe this particular injury is minor, but are exercising caution. Span has never dealt with back spasms before in his career.
“I felt fine after I popped up to shortstop and came back, put my helmet in the rack, put my bat down — calmly — and sat down on the bench. And as soon as we got three outs, hopped up to go get my glove and I went to go stand up and it just locked up on me. Never happened to me before, so it definitely scared the heck out of me,” he said.
The Nationals do not believe it is serious, but Span wants to wait and see until he feels in the coming days.
“I mean that’s the initial diagnosis. I don’t know, hopefully it feels better tomorrow when I wake up. That will be a little bit more peaceful for me. But it’s still too early. I don’t know how serious or really what’s going on,” he explained.
Span was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game before exited in the top of the eighth inning. Danny Espinosa took over in left field, while Michael Taylor moved to center. It was Espinosa’s first ever appearance in the outfield.
Span said he will take muscle relaxers to try and loosen up his back. He is traveling to New York with the Nats on Sunday night on a train.
“Good thing we have a day off tomorrow. I guess I’m just going to communicate with the trainers tomorrow during the day off and let them know how I’m feeling.”
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
ON THE RADIO
As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.
Follow us on Twitter
- Will Mike Rizzo continue to shape the Nationals? The Junkies believe he's too valuable to lose
- Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years
- See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts
- Bryce Harper enjoyed the story of Alex Luey and Ovechkin's hat trick for the young cancer survivor
- Max Scherzer Giving Away Memorabilia For Good Cause
- Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million
- Nats' Max Scherzer wins second straight NL Cy Young Award
- Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman receive honors from fellow ballplayers
- Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay dies in Gulf of Mexico plane crash
- Nationals' Scherzer, Strasburg named two of the three NL Cy Young finalists