Bill Ladson

Span exits game in 8th due to sore right knee

Center fielder says he needs to keep close eye on injury

Span exits game in 8th due to sore right knee

CINCINNATI -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span left Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Reds after seven innings because of a sore right knee.

Span originally hurt the knee making a catch against the Cubs last week at Wrigley Field, but it grew worse Sunday after he caught a ball in the sixth inning off the bat of Zack Cozart.

"It's just flared up, and I was out there hobbling. It didn't feel good," Span said. "It has been bothering me with certain movements, like trying to accelerate."

Span said there is nothing structurally wrong with the knee, but he has to keep a close eye on it.

"I have to get treatment on it, get anti-inflammatories on it and hope [the pain] goes way," Span said.

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.