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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Denard Span undergoes surgery for sports hernia

By on 12/03/2014 12:00:00 PM

As the Washington Nationals head into the winter, the team appears to need very little following a 96-win season. They finished ninth in the Major Leagues in runs scored and first in ERA. One thing that is important is a healthy roster heading into spring training. So the news that center fielder Denard Span had surgery for a sports hernia is good, considering the fact that it shouldn't keep him from being ready for spring training in a few months.

As reported by Mark Zuckerman at, Spans underwent a minor procedure to repair a sports hernia, as announced by the team on Wednesday.  There is generally a 4-to-6 week recovery time for such a surgery. With spring training about 11 weeks away, Span should be ready in plenty of time, which is good news for the Nationals.

Span, a seven-year Major League veteran, hit .302 with five home runs and 37 RBI this past season. He set career highs in doubles, hits and stolen bases last season. He also won a NL Gold Glove Award, so his presence in the Nationals' outfield is vital moving forward.  In 889 career games with the Twins and Nationals, Span has a batting average of .286 with 32 home runs and 314 RBI.

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