Denard Span cleared for post-surgery rehab assignment

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Jayson Werth came off the disabled list and returned to the Nationals’ lineup Monday and he may soon be joined in the outfield by Denard Span.

Span, who had offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia and then had another surgery in mid-March for a core muscle injury, has now been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Double-A.

Span was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable on March 9, so barring any setbacks he’s right on schedule. Michael Taylor has been filling in as the Nationals’ center fielder and leadoff man, but the 24-year-old rookie is just 6-for-29 (.207) with 11 strikeouts through seven games.