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Rendon to play sim games in Viera

May 24, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT

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In what amounts to a big step in Anthony Rendon’s rehab from a left oblique strain, the Nationals infielder will head to Viera, Fla. to begin playing simulated games at extended spring training.

Rendon will play three or four innings on Monday in his first game action since he was removed from a minor league rehab assignment on May 1. The 2014 Silver Slugger has yet to appear in a game this season.

Manager Matt Williams explained the plan moving forward after Rendon successfully went through workouts at Nationals Park in recent days.

“He had a good work-day today. He’ll go to Florida and he’ll start some games down there in a controlled environment, where he can leadoff an inning, he can play as many innings of defense as he wants to play and work through a day,” Williams said.

“The plan is that he’ll play about three or four innings tomorrow and then move on from there. Whatever that amounts to in those three or four innings, he’ll do, and then see how he is the next day. He had a good three days of work here.”

Rendon, 24, began the season rehabbing a sprained left MCL before feeling tightness in his side during the minor league rehab assignment. He was then shut down after an MRI revealed the strained oblique. He has since worked his way to sim games by completing baseball activities such as taking groundballs and testing his swing in batting practice.

  1. Eugene in Oregon - May 24, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    So who else is in Viera these days for him to play with/against? Players waiting to go to short-season A ball assignments? Anyone else?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 24, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      I was wondering the same thing. Channeling Nats Jack! What’s the scoop?

    • Gardner - May 25, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      I think Fedde is down there…hope his recovery is going well…kids a big talent.

  2. Drew - May 24, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    The Nats’ Gulf Coast League team starts its season June 22, so I imagine a number of players around, particularly international signees and guys who are rehabbing injuries in the minors.

  3. natsfan1a - May 24, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Stay healthy, my friend. Stay healthy. 🙂

  4. tcostant - May 24, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Rehab games by Friday?

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