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Denard Span To Miss Up To Four Weeks

The Washington Nationals announced that outfielder Denard Span received surgery to repair a right core muscle that he injured.  Previous players that have had the same procedure done took about four weeks to resume baseball activities but could take longer as were the case with Brett Gardner (four weeks per ESPN New York) and Justin Verlander (six weeks per MLB.com).

Span, 31, had one of his best seasons in the major leagues in 2014.  He had a career-high 184 hits, which also led the National League, a batting average of .301 which was his highest since his first full season in the major leagues in 2009, and added a career-high in stolen bases with 31.  This injury won’t be a tremendous blow to the Nationals, but will still be a setback.

Washington does have options just in case Span isn’t ready for opening day, with players like Nate McLouth and Michael Taylor both listed on their 40-man roster.  Tony Gwynn Jr. is in camp as a non-roster invitee who could also be an option.

There are many people that have the Nationals taking control of the National League in 2015, but the overall health of their outfield might play a factor, even with the solid starting rotation and bullpen they have, with their overall success.  Jayson Werth is still recovering from surgery he had this winter and could potentially miss opening day as well.

It is never easy to see things like this happen every spring, but it is all part of the game we love.  In some cases, if it has to happen at all, everyone is better off having it happen in the beginning of spring training than having to deal with it later in the season.


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