Denard Span received a cortisone shot in his back on Monday to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by his back tightness, which landed him on the disabled list July 7. The Nationals center fielder has played catch and jogged on a treadmill and hopes to ramp up his workload very soon.
"The back feels pretty good. The last week or so I've just been laying low, trying to give it time to recoup. I got some injections on Monday," he said. "Just depends on how my body reacts from it. They told me there's a possibility I might need to do it again, but let's hope not."
Span said it's the first time he's ever received a cortisone shot for an injury and he hasn't been able to do much since getting the injections to test their effects.
"I haven't done much. I haven't swung a bat or touched a bat, so it's kind of hard. I feel better, but it's kind of hard to tell where I'm at. I think the next couple of days I'm going to be revving it up and seeing where I'm at," he said.
Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia in December and another procedure to fix a core muscle injury in March. He believes his latest injury is related.
"I think a lot of this is just stemming from the injuries I had earlier in the year. Just not being strong in my core. I had two surgeries in three months and came back pretty soon. I think a lot of it is stemming from that and changing my posture, a lot of compensating. So we've been working a lot on just trying to correct a lot of things that we didn't get a chance to do before I came back from spring training," he explaind.
All that said, Span feels relieved his latest injury isn't worse. Before seeing a back specialist in Dallas prior to his stint on the disabled list, Span expressed concern his injury was serious enough to jeopardize his career.
"When he came back with the news that everything was fine with my back, it was definitely a sigh of relief. Just a good feeling that I won't have to get back surgery and get my back worked on," Span said.