Denard Span played his second minor league rehab game on Friday night with Class A Hagerstown and is expected back with the Nationals on Saturday, the first day he is eligible to come off the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Span felt fine after playing three innings in center field on Friday. He went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk. He played five innings Thursday and went 1 for 2 with an RBI, two walks and three runs scored.
Span suffered a mild concussion on Friday when he collided with Atlanta’s Dan Uggla while rounding first base after a go-ahead single in the eighth inning. Span missed nearly half the 2011 season when he suffered a concussion.
“He’s all good to go,” Nationals Manager Matt Williams said after Friday night’s 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. “He’s going to come back here [Friday night] and we’ll evaluate [Saturday]. He was good [Friday].”
The Nationals called up outfield prospect Steven Souza Jr. from Class AAA Syracuse when Span went on the DL. Souza could be a candidate to be sent down once Span is activated.