May 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT
Anthony Rendon began a new rehab assignment Friday night with Class AA Harrisburg, playing seven innings at second base and going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Senators’ 3-2 win at Bowie.
Rendon, whose previous stint with Harrisburg while rehabbing from a sprained knee was cut short by an oblique strain, appeared in an official minor-league game for the first time in four weeks. He singled in the top of the first, struck out looking in the fourth, struck out swinging in the sixth and struck out swinging in the seventh before departing.
Rendon played all seven innings at second base, the third time he has held that position in four total rehab games, with only one start at third base. The Nationals have said only that he’ll get work at both positions, but there has been significant evidence for awhile that he’ll be at second base when he comes off the disabled list, with Yunel Escobar remaining at third base.
The 24-year-old infielder, who finished fifth in NL MVP voting last season, will be monitored closely by club officials, who don’t want to run the risk of another setback during a rehab program that has taken far longer to complete than originally hoped. But if all continues to go smoothly, Rendon would probably be on track to come off the DL and make his long-awaited season debut sometime during next week’s homestand against the Blue Jays and Cubs.
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