Span went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and his ninth stolen base of the season in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Padres. Despite failing to get a hit, Span was actually one of the Giants' more-productive batters on a day where the team only amassed two hits. He will need to improve his batting average (.248) and his career-low slugging percentage (.339) in the second half to earn the mixed league value he had over the past couple of seasons.
Span (neck) returned to the starting lineup Friday, going 0-for-5 in a win over the Diamondbacks. It was surprising that the Giants opted to bring Span back just three games before the All-Star break, and even more surprising that they elected to start him against a lefty. He must have felt completely healthy, which is a good sign for those who own him in fantasy. Span has been a mild disappointment with his new club, slashing just .249/.330/.346 in the first half of the season. If it weren't for the fact that he bats atop the Giants' lineup, it would be tough rostering him in all but the deepest leagues.
Span (neck) is back in the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks. The neck issue cost Span a full week, but the team's decision to hold of a DL stint paid off as Span has been cleared for the final series before the break. Span will return to his normal spots in center field and atop the batting order against lefty Patrick Corbin. The 32-year-old struggled throughout June (.590 OPS) and he's on pace to finish with just 15 steals this season. He swiped a career-high 31 bags in 2014.
Span (neck) could return to the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. A stint on the 15-day DL was looking increasingly for Span, who will miss his fifth straight start Tuesday as a result of a neck injury, but manager Bruce Bochy is holding out hope that his center fielder will be ready to go following Thursday's team off day. The team will likely be forced to make a move if he still isn't ready by Friday, but with a backdated stint, Span would be eligible to return July 16.
Span (neck) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies. A roster move was did not accompany Tuesday's lineup, but Span's chances of avoiding the DL are growing slimmer with each passing day. He was reportedly treated with a pain-killing injection in his neck over the weekend. With a possible retroactive date of June 1, Span would be eligible to return a day after play resumes following the intermission (July 16) if the Giants do indeed deactivate him.