The Nationals have activated outfielder Denard Span from the 7-day concussion disabled list. In a corresponding roster move, outfielder Steven Souza has been optioned back down to Triple-A Syracuse.
Span showed concussion-like symptoms after he collided with Braves second baseman Dan Uggla while running the bases on April 11. While it was concerning given his history, he passed a concussion test earlier this week and had no issues during two rehab games with High-A Hagerstown.
Span, 30, was hitting .222 (8-for-36) with three doubles, one triple, four RBI and a stolen base prior to going on the disabled list. The hot-hitting Anthony Rendon has been hitting leadoff during his absence, but he’ll now likely move back down to the No. 2 spot.
Though he has only accumulated just over two years of service time in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas can become a free agent after the 2019 season due to language in his current two-year, $15.5 million contract. He is open to signing a contract extension with the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Mikolas said, “It’s something that the Cardinals and my agency have to work out – if the numbers work out and everything turns out to be it’s absolutely something that could happen.” His agent, from Octagon, has had discussions with the Cardinals about a framework for an extension.
Mikolas, 30, spent the 2015-17 seasons pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. He had great results, which he was able to leverage into a contract back in the U.S. Last season, his first in the majors since 2014, he finished sixth in NL Cy Young balloting and earned a spot on the NL All-Star roster. The right-hander went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a 146/29 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 innings.
This coming season, Mikolas will be part of a starting rotation that also includes Carlos Martínez, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright.