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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nationals Injury Updates: Ryan Zimmerman, Denard Span, Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper


By on 4/16/2014 07:00:00 AM

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams provided updates on several injured Nats players before last night's game against the Miami Marlins, reports Pete Kerzel of MASNSports.com
  • Ryan Zimmerman will not need surgery on his fractured right thumb, but is still expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Zimmerman suffered the injury on April 12.
  • Denard Span passed all the concussion-related protocols and worked out at a high-level of intensity without adverse effects. He will play in a minor-league rehab game, perhaps this weekend, before being activated from the 7-day concussion list. Span was jarred in a collision at second base on April 11. 
  • Wilson Ramos, who is recovering from surgery to remove his left hamate bone, had his stitches taken out. Ramos has been on the DL since Opening Day and is projected to return mid-May.
Williams also said Bryce Harper's quad is fine, as is Nate McLouth's knee. Both were in Tuesday night's lineup. José Lobaton, who was out of the lineup for the third straight game, has minor bumps and bruises, but said, "I feel fine. Like I said, I'm ready to play every day, no matter what. ... I don't really like (not playing). If I see the lineup, I see my name and I'm happy."
Denard Span in 2013
Photo by Keith Allions via Wiki Commons
Span, 30, lost 92 games to a concussion in 2011 when he was with the Minnesota Twins. He said he had scored better on a computer portion of the test program on Tuesday than he did when it was first administered in 2008. 
I think it just shows how far along I've come since 2011 to now," Span said. "Even to have a collision like I had three days ago and to be feeling so good today, it just shows how far I've come."
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