Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span will miss an undisclosed period after undergoing surgery to repair a damaged right core muscle injury. 

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Span Undergoes Surgery

Monday, March 9

Denard Span underwent surgery this morning to repair a right core muscle injury,” the Nationals announced. “Manager Matt Williams said the time frame for Span’s recovery is up in the air & premature, but look at 4-6 wks before activities,” the team later added. “Williams said the team expects [Span] to rejoin the team by the end of the week to get his rehab process going,” Washington noted.

Denard Span started having problems with his core 6 or 7 weeks after having sports hernia surgery,” reported William Ladson of MLB.com. “Denard Span thought the pain would go away, but it didn’t,” Ladson continued.

Span, 31, is heading into his third season in Washington. He hit .302/.355/.416 with five home runs and 37 RBI last season, stealing a career-high 31 bases in the process. His 184 hits tied him with Phillies outfielder Ben Revere for the most in the National League.

While big things are expected in the nation’s capital this season, injuries are derailing Span’s opportunity for a follow-up. He spent most of the offseason recovering from a December sports hernia surgery, the timing of which was expected to allow him to work himself into shape in spring training.

With the two procedures happening in such rapid succession, it’ll be interesting to see how Span performs once he’s back on the field.


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