Denard Span is headed back to the disabled list, and this time possibly for the rest of the season.
The Nationals are putting the center fielder back on the D.L. with inflammation in his left hip. Span goes back on the shelf just two days after being activated.
Span did not play in Thursday’s 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres. Nationals manager Matt Williams told the Associated Press earlier in the evening that Span was not dealing with the back spasms that put him on the disabled list and that he would be working through the pain for the rest of the season.
It will be Span’s third trip to the D.L. this season. He has played just 61 games in 2015 and will be a free agent after the season.
Span is batting .301 with five home runs, 22 RBIs, 38 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.
Two other Nationals players, Yunel Escobar and Michael A. Taylor, came out of Thursday’s game due to injuries. Escobar was hit on the right wrist with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, while Taylor injured his right knee crashing into the outfield wall trying to catch Melvin Upton Jr.’s triple in the seventh inning.