Oct 6, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals center fielderDenard Span
(2) hits a single during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants in game three of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Good morning DoD readers, start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily:
Recovering Span expects to be ready for camp
It’s been a busy offseason for Nationals center fielder Denard Span, but he expects he’ll be ready to go when he reports to Viera, Fla., for Spring Training.
Span called in to MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” show on Tuesday morning to discuss his rehab from sports hernia surgery and the expectations surrounding him and the Nats heading into this year.
Span underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Dec. 3, and he said he feels great a little more than two months later. Read full article here.
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Espinosa to hit exclusively right-handed
WASHINGTON — Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa has decided to give up switch-hitting for the time being, and he will hit right-handed exclusively during Spring Training, two baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday.
A switch-hitter since he entered the big leagues in 2010, Espinosa has had much better success from the right side of the plate. During his career, Espinosa has a .271 batting average and a .343 on-base percentage hitting from the right side (against left-handers), as opposed to a .213 batting average and a .284 on-base percentage hitting from the left (against righties).
Espinosa has only had 13 career at-bats against right-handed pitching from the right side of the plate. According to one source, Espinosa is expected to get extra work during Spring Training to get used to breaking balls thrown by righties. Read full article here.