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Rendon scratched again from Harrisburg lineup

May 2, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT

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Anthony Rendon is a late scratch from the Harrisburg Senators’ lineup once again, as the 2014 Silver Slugger continues to find trouble in his rehab from a sprained left MCL.

Rendon was slated to hit second and play second base for the Nats’ Double-A affiliate against the Bowie Baysox before the decision. Tim Murray of ESPN 980 first reported the move.

Exactly why Rendon is out of the lineup is unclear at this point, though he has already been scratched on separate occasions for knee stiffness and tightness in his side.

Rendon returned to the Senators lineup on Friday night and played five innings. It was his first game action after five days off.

Rendon has been recovering from the knee injury since hurting it during a spring training game on March 9 against the Atlanta Braves. He began his minor league rehab assignment on April 24, but so far it has not gone as planned.

Rendon, 24, finished fifth in NL MVP voting in 2014 after hitting .287 with 21 home runs, 83 RBI and a league-best 111 runs.

  1. rlndtln - May 2, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Next you will hear he is out for the season.We need anew medical staff.

    • lesatcsc - May 2, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      Maybe he is one of those people that doesn’t play until he feels perfect and will never amount to anything as a result. It happens, there are Brett Favres and then there are more fragile types. Maybe Anthony is fragile and will be great in the thirty games a year he plays. For a knee that got three different expert opinions, this one sure is causing a lot of trouble…

  2. ICYMI - May 2, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Uggla and Espinosa have been playing so well of late that Tyler Moore has had to double down on sticking pins in his little Rendon doll.

  3. Sonny G 10 - May 2, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    As Sam Huff used to say, “Just rub some black salve on it and he’ll be ok. 🙂

  4. nats1924 - May 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    just move on and trade him. he stinks

    • conatsguy - May 3, 2015 at 1:44 AM

      Your kidding..right??

      • nattyboh - May 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

        You’re bad at picking up on jokes, right?

  5. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Side hurt,s, but knee fine.

    .He is to young to have old man’s desease. Both of those problems sounds more like me than an athlete.

  6. philipd763 - May 2, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Get him back to Viera where the weather is warm.

  7. fstop1970 - May 2, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    From The Washington Post

    By James Wagner May 2 at 8:15 PM

    “NEW YORK — For the second time in a week, Anthony Rendon has been scratched from Class AA Harrisburg’s lineup before a rehab game. Rendon was expected to play seven innings at second base with Harrisburg in Bowie on Saturday but, over an hour before first pitch, he was taken out of the lineup because he had trouble getting his left side loose, according to a Nationals spokeswoman.

    The Nationals say the late scratch was out of caution for Rendon’s side, which has already prevented him from playing this week.”

  8. npb99 - May 2, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    What the heck is going on? This is not normal rehab progress.

  9. natsrnuts - May 2, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    I fear this injury may be season ending.

    • therealjohnc - May 2, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Of course, Werth was supposed to be out until June & Span for the season according to the numerous medical professionals here on NI

      • conatsguy - May 3, 2015 at 1:50 AM

        Thanks for keeping it real, johnc. 🙂 Anthony will be ready soon enough. No worries.

      • thisizit - May 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM


  10. senators5 - May 2, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    I knew guys like AR back in the day, and no matter how talented they were, they just disappeared. The clock is ticking for AR and I am afraid that…………………

    • therealjohnc - May 3, 2015 at 12:05 AM

      The clock is ticking for all of us, my friend. The only question is what we do with the time that is allotted to us.

      • natsrnuts - May 3, 2015 at 12:19 AM

        There is a fine line between being overly cautious and never reaching your potential, and playing like a banshee running into walls shortening an otherwise promising career. AR is exhibit A for the former, and, well, I don’t have to say who the latter is…but he is learning. Regardless, I would rather be out there on the field giving it my all than getting two, three MRIs and scratching yourself from minor league rehabilitation games.

      • Bruxtun - May 3, 2015 at 8:02 AM


        It doesn’t matter what you “would rather” because you aren’t a professional ball player and none of us are cheering for you. I doubt anyone cares at all that you would rather be on the field “giving it your all”, because your all seems to be pretending like you know more about an inside situation that you’re not involved with at all. If he’s getting second and third opinions it’s for a reason. That’s not the time to give it your all. That’s the time to get healthy.

      • thisizit - May 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM

        The evidence to support natsrnuts’ comment that AR is “exhibit A” for being overly cautious is exactly nothing. That attitude — get out there and “give it your all,” you lazy bum — is a good way to ensure ARis out for the season.

    • abqnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 10:44 AM

      Different people heal at different rates. It doesn’t mean they “disappear”. It does seem Rendon has a body that takes time to heal, based on a few years of injuries. I think that it is a good think Rendon realizes this and doesn’t push himself onto the field before his body is ready. Nobody more frustrated than Rendon by this fact I am guessing.

  11. rmoore446 - May 3, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    This ain’t good. There’s likely something serious underlying these continual announcements.

  12. natsfan1a - May 3, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Okay, now I’m getting worried.

  13. natsguy - May 3, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    As much as we need him back, I have to say that is not a minor injury and needs to be treated as such. Give him a break.

  14. thisizit - May 3, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Amazing how people with no actual knowledge of the situation are unloading on Rendon, the Nationals’ best position player last year. There is no point having him rush back and create a lingering issue. As it stands, he has had far less than the ordinary spring training time and he was durable and consistent last year.

  15. exposremains - May 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Sorry I couldn’t answer on the other thread. My comment about the value of Clippard was not my take on if I think the trade was good or not. Im happy to have Escobar. My point was that it makes you appreciate what Clippard did even tough sometimes he bothered me and understand that good setup guys don’t grow on trees.

  16. ArVAFan - May 3, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    From the Post story:

    “I wanted to be aggressive,” Gonzalez said. “I was flying open a little bit in the first inning and nitpicking the corners, trying to be too fine with it. After that, I figured, ‘You know what? Just put it in play and let me get a couple strong innings.’ I also watched Max Scherzer throw Friday, and he was going after them and being aggressive. I didn’t want to fall behind a great hitting team, especially with how good they’ve been playing.”

    Can we give part credit for Gio’s win to Scherzer? I thought before the season started that Scherzer would be good for Gio, although I was thinking more about keeping him from getting too uptight when things weren’t going well.

  17. ehay2k - May 3, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Hmm… I certainly appears that our fearless leader and his minions have a May-Pac hangover. The Nats win and not a post for 16 hours? Not a tweet from Mark or Chase? I realize yesterday was a very, very busy sports day, but we are hungry for Nats news. Back to work! 😋





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