Denard Span plays second rehab game, expected back Saturday

Denard Span in Thursday's Class A Hagerstown game. (AP Photo/The Herald-Mail, Joe Crocetta) Denard Span in Thursday’s Class A Hagerstown game. (AP Photo/The Herald-Mail, Joe Crocetta)

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.

 

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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