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Span exits win with sore abdominal muscle

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

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.
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