May 1, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
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.
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