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Span to join Nats on Saturday after second rehab game

Apr 18, 2014, 8:42 PM EST

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[Updated 10:40 p.m.]

Nationals center fielder Denard Span completed his second rehab assignment game with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns on Friday night as he aims for a weekend return from the seven-day disabled list.

Span, who is recovering from a concussion sustained on April 11 in Atlanta, went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. He was removed for a pinch-runner in the third inning with the Suns leading the Lakewood Blueclaws.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Span is likely to be in the Nats’ lineup on Saturday to face the St. Louis Cardinals.

“He had three at-bats tonight. He’s all good to go. He’s going to come back here tonight and we’ll evaluate tomorrow. He was good tonight.”

Span led off for the Suns and flew out to center field in his first at-bat in the first inning. He then singled an inning later on a groundball to right field that brought Spencer Kieboom home for a run.

Span drew the walk in his third at-bat in the bottom of the third. He was then replaced by Rafael Bautista on first base.

Span went 1-for-2 on Thursday night with three runs in his first rehab appearance. In two games with Hagerstown, Span went 2-for-4 with three runs, two RBI, three walks and a stolen base.

For the second straight night, Span sent out a tweet updating his progress:

  1. snerdblurter - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    All good signs. Sounds like he’s seeing the ball well and the defense is solid. Fingers crossed that we dodged a bullet on this one… (although fwiw, I did like Rendon at the top of the order)

    • Eric - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      I’m a big fan of Span > Rendon. When they’re both locked in, its a potent way to get started. 2013 triples leader followed by an emergent contact hitter (with emergent pop, to boot?!)? Works for me!

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