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Nationals place Span on 7-day DL with concussion

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Denard Span on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion on Saturday.

Span was hurt in a collision with Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla in the eighth inning Friday night.

Span initially was stunned by the collision but he remained in the game after being checked on the field. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Span reported a mild headache after the game and had "mild symptoms" on Saturday.

Span had a serious concussion with the Twins in 2010, when he missed almost two months.

"Given his history, we thought it was certainly erring on the side of caution to go ahead and get him on the seven-day DL," Williams said.

"He had a pretty serious one before, so we just want to make sure on that."

Span remained at the team hotel on Saturday and may be examined again on Sunday to determine if he will accompany the team to Miami for a three-game road trip or return to Washington.

The Nationals also held right fielder Jayson Werth out of Saturday's lineup against the Braves due to cramping in his groin Friday night. Williams said Werth was available off the bench.

"Again, we think he's fine but at this point, looking at the long-term, we don't want to push him either," Williams said.

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