UPDATE 12:00 PM 5/52013
Via a Tweet from MASN’s Dan Kolko, Denard Span has returned to the Nats lineup after missing yesterday’s game with a sore ankle. Span fouled a couple of balls off of his ankle in Friday’s game against the Pirates.
Span will return to his usual leadoff spot in the lineup and centerfield on defense.
UPDATE 4:34 PM 5/4/2013
This afternoon, Adam Kilgore is reporting an update on Nationals center fielder Denard Spans left ankle.
The report states that the swelling in Spans ankle this morning made him nearly fall over when he got up out of bed. Following treatment this morning, Spans ankle had less swelling and he even said that he would be okay to go late in today’s game if the Nationals need him.
Span is being listed as day-to-day.
When the Washington Nationals take the field this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates, they’ll be without reliable leadoff man and center fielder, Denard Span.
Last night, Span fouled a pair balls off of his right ankle and tonight Nationals manager Davey Johnson is giving him the day off, his first missed game of the season. Taking Span’s place at the top of the lineup will be Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina will fill in defensively at centerfield.
While batting leadoff, Span has maintained a .282 batting average and has an on base percentage, the most important stat for a leadoff hitter, of .352. On top of that, the Nationals offseason acquisition has batted in 11 RBI. Span has also drawn eight walks.
Moving Espinosa to the leadoff spot can be a bit perplexing based off of his numbers. Last season, the second baseman started off the season near the top in on base percentage since he drew a number of walks. This season, first base has been something that often eludes him. He currently holds an on base percentage of just .252 and has struckout 20 times. His .167 batting average ranks near the bottom of the team.
Hopefully, Denard Span’s ankle will hold up and it will be nothing more than just soreness. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
Injuries have been something that have plagued that Nationals this season as Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth have bothed missed time due to injury. Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper have also been slowed by injuries even though neither have missed a game. Strasburg is set to start for the Nationals today against the Pirates.