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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UPDATED: Nationals Injury Update: Denard Span exits with bruised knee

By on 9/24/2014 02:00:00 AM

After making a spectacular diving catch against the wall in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Mets (video here and below), Nationals center fielder Denard Span was removed for pinch hitter Michael Taylor, who remained in the game.
UPDATE: 9/24/2014. Span's right knee is bruised and sore. He'll rest a couple of days, reports Chase Hughes of Nats Insider.

Span, 30, is batting .300/.353/.414 with a league-leading 180 hits and 31 stolen bases. Span walked off the field and consulted with the trainer in the dugout.

Denard Span
Known for his smooth fielding, Span started off slowly in 2013, but heated up in August with a 29-game hitting streak. He ended the season with a line of .279/.327/.380, 20 stolen bases and a league leading 11 triples.

Span lost 92 games to a concussion in 2011 when he was with the Minnesota Twins, leading the Nationals to be cautious with him after he was shaken up in a collision at second base on April 11, placing him on the 7-day concussion list. He described his previous concussion and long recovery in this article. 

The Twins' first-round pick in 2002, Span made his debut on April 6, 2008. The Twins traded him in November 2012 to the Nationals in exchange for top pitching prospect Alex Meyer. He is signed through 2014 with a $9 million team option for 2015. 

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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