It was a tale of two halves for Denard Span in 2016. He struggled early on with his new club, batting just .248 leading up to the All-Star break, but he picked up the pace in the second half, batting .287 with seven home runs in the final 63 games of the season. Despite the strong finish, the overall results were fairly pedestrian for the Giants' leadoff hitter. Putting aside his career-high 11 home runs, Span's 70 runs and 12 steals were his lowest totals in any full season as a starter. The outfielder's decline on the basepaths was especially concerning, as his 63 percent stolen base success rate was easily the worst of his career. If the 32-year-old truly did lose a step, then his fantasy value takes a big hit considering that steals were his most attractive asset.
X-rays on Span's sprained shoulder came back negative Sunday, NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports. He will be out at least a couple of days. While Span is being treated as day-to-day, it's worth noting that the center fielder sustained the exact same injury in 2012 and was forced to missed a couple of weeks of playing time. Now at 33 years old, it's not unrealistic to expect Span to miss as much -- if not more -- time than he did during the 2012 season. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in center field Sunday and will likely handle most of the duties at the position for the duration of Span's absence.
Span (shoulder) won't be available for Sunday's game against the Rockies, Andrew Baggarly of Mercury News reports. The initial belief is that Span's injury is a fairly minor sprain and that he'll simply need a couple days of rest before he's recovered. However, he'll still undergo X-rays to ensure the ailment isn't something more serious. If all goes according to plan, Span could rejoin the Giants' lineup by the middle of next week for their series against the Dodgers.
Span was diagnosed with a mild shoulder sprain, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Span will have his shoulder examined further and is going to receive X-rays, so more information regarding his eventual return should be available soon. If he's unavailable Sunday against the Rockies, it's likely that Gorkys Hernandez would be deployed to the Giants' outfield in his place.
Span left Saturday's game against the Rockies after injuring his shoulder while making a catch at the wall, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Span jumped into the wall to make a catch in the second inning and injured himself in the process. Upon Span's departure, Conor Gillaspie entered the game. News regarding the severity of the injury should become available once the team has the opportunity to further examine him.
Span is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. With a .261 on-base percentage through his first 46 plate appearances of the season, Span hasn't been the catalyst at the top of the order the Giants hoped, but manager Bruce Bochy probably isn't ready to pull the plug on him as the leadoff hitter just yet. Instead, Bochy will just give the veteran a day off to clear his head, allowing Gorkys Hernandez to draw a rare start in center field.
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