Nationals plan to activate Denard Span from disabled list on Tuesday

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The Nationals’ lineup is about to be at full strength for the first time all season, as Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that center fielder Denard Span is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday’s series opener against the Padres.

Span has been sidelined since July 6 with a lingering injury to his lower back. The 31-year-old went 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run and three walks over six minor league rehab games, which was apparently enough to show the Nationals that he’s ready to go.

Span got a late start on the year following a pair of surgeries on his abdominal muscle surgeries, so he has only appeared in 59 games while putting up a .304/.367/.430 batting line. As Zuckerman notes, with Span back, the Nationals will finally have their projected Opening Day lineup in place for the first time this season. Trailing the first-place Mets by five games in the NL East, they’ll just have to hope that it isn’t too late.