CLEVELAND -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span injured his right foot for the third time this season during Washington's 2-0 loss to the Indians on Sunday afternoon.
Span fouled a ball off his foot in the sixth inning and was clearly in pain, slamming his bat to the ground as he was trying to walk off the pain. He remained in the game, however.
Span would later reach base on an infield single and move to second on an error by first baseman Mark Reynolds. Anthony Rendon was the next hitter, and he singled to right field. Span normally would have scored easily, but he was in a lot of pain and had to hold up at third.
"I couldn't move too much. Even if [third-base coach Trent Jewett] wanted me to score, I don't think I would have had too much of a chance," Span said. "It was hurt before that, but it didn't feel good just to put pressure on it."
After the game, Span needed a shoehorn to put on his shoe.
"I have to see how it feels in the morning. That's usually when it's been sore or the most painful the following morning when I wake up," Span said.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com 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.Less