Span undergoes successful surgery for sports hernia

Nationals outfielder 'thankful,' expected to be ready for Spring Training

Span undergoes successful surgery for sports hernia

WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, the team announced on Wednesday. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training, and Span said he plans to be 100 percent in six weeks.

Span suffered the injury toward the end of the season, but it wasn't enough to miss any games, including the postseason against the Giants. After the season ended, Span thought rest would help ease the pain. It didn't go away, however, after he started training for the 2015 season.

"It wasn't where I needed to be," Span said. "After six weeks [this offseason], I should be able to play in a game."

Span on Wednesday tweeted a photo of himself in the hospital, giving a thumbs-up sign: "God is so good! I doubted whether or not I would make it thru this but he saw me through this! So thankful."

Span is coming off one of his best seasons, leading the team in batting average (.302) and setting career highs in hits (184) and stolen bases (31). Span said his trade from the Twins to the Nationals in November 2012 rejuvenated his career, allowing him to trust his abilities and feel loose on the field.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.