Bill Ladson

Span exits win with sore abdominal muscle

Nationals center fielder pulls himself from game, will miss at least one more

Span exits win with sore abdominal muscle

NEW YORK -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span will miss at least one game because of a sore abdominal muscle. He took himself out of Thursday's game against the Mets in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Span started to feel pain in the area -- the rectus abdominis muscle -- where he had surgery in early March. He ended up going 0-for-2 with a run scored and a walk during the Nationals' 8-2 victory over New York.

Span is not sure if he had a setback. He indicated that he would know more by Friday. Since coming off the disabled list on April 19, Span has been a hot hitter, going 13-for-43 (.302) with two home runs and seven RBIs.

"I'm a little sore, but I think I will live," Span said. "[The soreness] is around the surgery site. It's a little sore. I just followed my intuition. I ran out there and stared to feel it in my last at-bat. I tried to go out there and play defense. My intuition just told me I need to go in and cash it in and see if I can get some treatment on it and feel better tomorrow."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.