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Rendon back in lineup with Harrisburg

May 1, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

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Anthony Rendon is back in the lineup at Double-A Harrisburg as he continues his rehab from a sprained left MCL, which represents a good sign after several days of missing time. The news was first announced by the Bowie Baysox, whom the Senators are facing on Friday night.

Rendon will bat second in Harrisburg’s lineup and play second base.

Rendon, 24, has been recovering since he banged his knee during a spring training game on March 9. He began his rehab assignment on April 24 and played just two games before getting scratched from the Senators’ lineup twice.

First his knee felt stiff while he warmed up before a game on April 27. The following day he missed their game due to tightness in his side.

Rendon went through a full workout on Thursday and came through fine, according to Matt Williams. He can now resume his rehab with the hope of coming off the disabled list to join the Nationals soon.

Rendon had a breakout season in 2014 and finished fifth in NL MVP voting. He hit .287 with 21 home runs, 83 RBI, 17 stolen bases and a league-best 111 runs scored.

Picked sixth overall by the Nationals in the 2011 MLB Draft, Rendon is entering his third major league season.

  1. Eugene in Oregon - May 1, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Good news. Let’s all hope that the recovery/rehab continues without further interruption.

  2. senators5 - May 1, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    The reality is this young man has been injury prone since his days at Rice and has never been a quick healer. While it will be great to get his bat back in the line up, relying on him through the rest of the season may be a stretch. I hope not

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 1, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      I remember one injury at the end of his sophomore year, torn ankle ligaments IIRC, a Grade 3, which is pretty bad, and so he DH’d his 3rd year. Then he rolled over the same ankle, so maybe there was some residual weakness?, in the WBC and broke the living [stuff] out of it, which nobody just pops up from. Were there others?

      I know five teams passed him up in the draft, presumably based on that, so it ain’t trivial.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 1, 2015 at 4:13 PM

        Looked him up. I’d forgotten Rendon didn’t miss a start in his 3 years at Rice, so he couldn’t gave been *that* injury-prone.

      • hantiaolang - May 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        Rendon also injured his other ankle in his 2nd game at Potomac in 2012. He missed 2+ months. The injury was eventually diagnosed as a fracture but I seem to recall at the time that some within the organization were griping about the time it took him to come back. (can’t recall the source) I think he is just a slow healer as some here have already speculated.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 1, 2015 at 5:53 PM

        I had forgotten the one at P-Nats. the question was “during his time at Rice,” but it is in point. Not sure how long a broken leg is supposed to take to recover, not my bailiwick, but it sounds serious.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 1, 2015 at 5:54 PM

        *on point

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  3. Doc - May 1, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    MW must consult a psychic before he pencils in a lineup. No Espi at 2nd, or SS. Desi needs to grab some pine. How many more 0fers does MW want to see him dump??

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 1, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      Maybe Matt is waiting for Rendon to get back to give Desmond a day off? He sure seems to need one.

  4. masterfishkeeper - May 1, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    I really don’t agree with playing Rendon at 2B. Escobar and Espinosa should be the 2B and backup SSs. Rendon is the best 3B on the club. Plus, he’s got less of an injury risk at 3B.

    Only reason to do this is if you don’t think Escobar can play 2B, but they really haven’t given him enough time there to know.

    • natsochist - May 1, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      @masterfishkeeper – beat me to it! Completely agree.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 1, 2015 at 7:32 PM

        Late to the party, but count me in as being with mfk.

  5. natsochist - May 1, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Given the extra stress playing second places on the knee (pivot for turning two, e.g.), along with the overall increased chance of hard slides over there, why on earth are we playing him at second? Why are we even considering it?

    Escobar has been fantastic for us this year so far. He’s also not nearly as important to the team long-term as Rendon. Keep the latter happy and healthy.

    • therealjohnc - May 1, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      I hear you, but I will note that the Nationals not only have medical professionals with the actual MRIs and x-rays in hand, they also are in touch with the players and their agents and have professional numbers crunchers conducting the cost/benefit analysis that includes both the differing risk of injury and the potential defensive benefits.

      Which means that I’m willing to at least entertain the notion that they might have some basis for whatever decision they make …

  6. langleyclub - May 1, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Playing 2nd base?

    Really hope that the Nats do not flip/flop him between 2nd and 3rd. He won the Sliver Slugger at 3rd base. His best chance for long career is at that spot.

  7. natsfan1a - May 1, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Good news.

  8. senators5 - May 1, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    I totally agree Rendon should be kept at third where his chances of leg injuries are minimized compared to second. His arm is more than satisfactory for third and the vast majority of ground balls are confined to a relatively small area compared to second, which over the long-long haul should keep him the lineup longer. I know, too many “shoulds” which often translate into “ifs and buts” BUT this young man is a very special hitter and since there is no DH, in the NL, MR and MW must be conservative to the point that they put AR back at third and leave him there for the next 8 years.

  9. natslive - May 1, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Went to the game tonight. Rendon played 5 1/2 innings. 3 ABs walk, broken Bat groundout, pop up. Looks like he just needs to get his timing back. Turned a DP at 2nd and made a good play on a rundown during a double steal. Difo had some good ABs – ringing double in the gap. Skole hit an opposite field HR.

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