Span wants same comfort at plate as clubhouse

Span wants same comfort at plate as clubhouse

VIERA, Fla. -- Outfielder Denard Span has been a member of the Nationals since late November and he has already learned a lot about his new teammates.

"It seems like they have fun. It's a loose atmosphere. They definitely have a good ballclub," Span said. "I'm still learning everybody's personality. I'm learning some names, not all of them. Most of the players I have down pat, but some of [the coaching staff, clubhouse attendants] and all that. Everything has been a smooth transition."

Span has played often this spring and said he wants more than 50 at-bats before the season starts. He was off to a slow start entering Thursday's game against the Astros, hitting .160 (4-for-25), but posting a .344 on-base percentage with seven walks.

"My body feels great. I'm in good shape," Span said. "At the plate right now, I don't feel too good, but it's Spring Training. I still have a couple of weeks to iron out some things out. I'm just tinkering with a few things. This is the time to do it."

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