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Harper, Rendon get the day off

Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

Jun 11, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) watch a hit by Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (not pictured) drop between them in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip.

Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the team’s win on Wednesday night, while Rendon is dealing with soreness in his left quadriceps muscle. Rendon came off the disabled list on June 4 after rehabbing an oblique injury, as well as a sprained MCL in his left knee.

Manager Matt Williams said both players are available off the bench if needed against the Braves.

“It’s nothing with the knee,” Williams said of Rendon. “He’s had a little bit of an issue with the quad that he’s been playing with, so we’re make sure that we look at days that we can give him. Today was one of those days that we’ve scheduled. So, we need to make sure that we’re mindful of his progress, too.”

Rendon also missed Sunday’s game and the Nationals had an off-day on Monday. He was removed from Wednesday night’s game in the top of the ninth inning.

Williams wouldn’t get into very much detail on either player when asked for more information.

“They’re both getting a day. That’s as far as we’re going to go. We’re not going to delve into intricacies of any of that right now. They’re both getting a day off. They’re both available off the bench. That’s as far as we’ll go with it,” he said.

Harper is batting .340 this season with 24 home runs and 58 RBI in 69 games. Rendon is hitting .290 with five doubles and five RBI in 18 games.

  1. rayvil01 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    So for this game the team is not playing it’s MVP candidate RF, 5th in MVP voting 2B, Veteran LF, and former All-Star converted 1B. Ken Rosenthal called the team “underperforming” this morning. Wonder why that might be, Ken.

    Baltimore guy. He always will be.

    • pdowdy83 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      Rosenthal’s piece this morning was quite ignorant. His mention of the Lerner’s not being willing to add payroll midseason is stupid. He used Asdrubal cabrera as his example but completely failed to mention that they took on all of Matt Thornton’s salary when they claimed him from the Yankees.

      • nats4me - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:05 PM

        With Ken…you don’t let the facts get in the way of a wacky opinion.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:41 PM

        Lerner’s don’t like short-term rentals. Just a ridiculous statement.

    • nats4me - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      Big deal…so you’re missing your 2nd through 5th hitter in the lineup….suck it up…just consider all the injuries other teams have, like the Angels….they have the all world, best player on the planet Mike Trout, the Angels are way ahead in their division……wait a minute…they are below .500? How’s that possible?

  2. Guapo - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    This isn’t good. This club needs to get healthy.

    • pdowdy83 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      I would think by resting them that is what they are trying to do. Right now you have a couple guys in Espinosa and Robinson who are playing pretty well and they can afford to not push people too hard.

      • Guapo - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM

        Rendon would not be sitting if healthy. His timing at the plate is just starting to catch up.

  3. jfmii - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Just get to the playoffs, baby

  4. sec112 - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Interesting that although Rendon seems to be finding his timing, he’s clearly not yet found his power. Wonder if that’s the oblique, the knee, the quad or something else.





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