Washington Nationals News: Denard Span feels better, gets cortisone shot


Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Check out some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses Denard Span‘s progress as he recovers from stiffness in his back. As Janes notes, Span received cortisone shots in his back last week and is feeling better.

Span landed on the 15-day disabled list on July 10 after dealing with recurring back spasms for a month. At first, it looked like the center fielder would be able to play through the back spasms, but after the ailment kept him out of several games, he and the team decided to place him on the disabled list to try to address the issue.

Fortunately for Span and the Nationals, tests on his back revealed no structural damage. But Span is still a ways a way from returning to the Nationals, and it remains to be seen if the cortisone shots will help. According to Janes, doctors told Span that he may need more shots depending on how his body responds.

At this time, it’s uncertain when Span will be ready to begin a rehab assignment. Hopefully for the Nationals, their leadoff hitter and center fielder will be back in the lineup sooner, rather than later.

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Also in today’s Daily, Janes discusses the causes of the power outage that suspended the Nationals’ game against the Dodgers on Friday night. As Janes notes, the Nationals announced that the outage was caused by a faulty circuit breaker.

Many Nationals fans had joked that Tayor Swift, who played two concerts at the ballpark last week, was responsible for the faulty lighting. According to the Nationals, however, that was not the case.

Be sure to check out both articles from around the web below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Denard Span gets cortisone injection, says he ‘feels better’

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

Back spasms frustrated Nationals center fielder Denard Span for a month before they forced him to the disabled list on July 10. They popped up unexpectedly and debilitated him quickly, taking a game here and there while fostering concerns about his future.

Sunday, Span said he is feeling better. He saw a specialist who told him there was no structural damage — a “sigh of relief,” he said.

To alleviate the discomfort, Span received cortisone injections in his back last Monday, and doctors told him he may have to have more depending on how his body responds. He hopes he doesn’t. Read full article here.

Nationals say faulty circuit breaker, not Taylor Swift, caused power outage

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

One bank of lights shone at Nationals Park on Saturday morning — the one that didn’t shine Friday night — the one responsible for suspending the Nationals’ second-half opener against the Dodgers after five innings. The Nationals released a statement Saturday morning in which they identified a “faulty circuit breaker” as the cause of the issue.

“Our initial investigation indicates the power failure at Nationals Park last night was caused by a faulty circuit breaker,” the team said through a spokesperson. “It was replaced shortly after midnight and the lights were tested throughout the night with no additional outages. While we believe we have identified and corrected the issue, additional tests are being conducted by the manufacturer of the field lighting system.” Read full article here.

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