MIAMI -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span was back in the lineup and batting leadoff on Saturday, a day after tightness in his right groin made him a late scratch in Washington's 7-0 loss to the Marlins.
Following the game, Span and manager Davey Johnson both said the injury was day to day. A return would be based on how Span felt once at the ballpark on Saturday, and the Nationals kept Span in the lineup after Span took batting practice.
Span extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a leadoff single on Saturday.
Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.