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Rendon activated off DL, in Nats’ lineup tonight at Pirates

Jul 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EST

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The Nationals got the first of their injured regulars back in time for Saturday’s game, activating infielder Anthony Rendon off the 15-day disabled list and inserting him right back in their starting lineup.

Rendon, out since June 24 with a strained left quadriceps muscle, completed a 6-game rehab assignment with Class A Potomac and flew to Pittsburgh to rejoin the Nationals for Saturday night’s game against the Pirates. He’ll bat second and start at second base.

Rendon went 8-for-17 with two doubles and three walks while on rehab, having received at least three plate appearances each of the last four days.

Reliever Abel de los Santos, who made his major-league debut earlier this week, was optioned back to Class AA Harrisburg to clear a roster spot for Rendon.

It’s been a season of fits and starts for Rendon, coming off a breakthrough performance in 2014 that earned him fifth-place honors in NL MVP voting. He suffered a left knee sprain in spring training that lingered far beyond initially expected, then strained an oblique muscle while rehabbing from that injury. He finally made his season debut June 4 but lasted only 18 games before re-injuring himself.

Rendon was just starting to get hot before suffering the quad strain, with six hits over his final eight at-bats before going on the DL. Overall, he is batting .290 with a .375 on-base percentage and .737 OPS, still seeking his first homer of the season.

Rendon is the first of several key members of the Nationals lineup expected to return within the next week. Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) and Jayson Werth (fractured wrist) both remain on rehab for now, but each veteran is close to completing his assignment and should come off the DL soon.

Center fielder Denard Span (back spasms) is behind the others but is expected to resume baseball activities shortly. Yunel Escobar (sore left wrist) is back in the Nationals’ lineup Saturday night after missing the last two games.

  1. unkyd59 - Jul 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    TONY TWO BAGS, IN THE TWO-HOLE!!!

  2. Hiram Hover - Jul 25, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Hallelujah!

    That is all.

  3. Doc - Jul 25, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Now we need Trey leading off!!!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      Lol, I was thinking Denard… 😋😋

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        It’s Trea and what we need for this year is a healthy Spanning!

  4. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 25, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Glory Glory

    Welcome back Anthony! Definitely missed….

    I’m guessing Escobar will be out again tonight and Espi at 3rd.

  5. ArVAFan - Jul 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    And there are at least a few hundred Nats fans to welcome him back in person!

    Details on the Clint interview when I am working on a full size keyboard.

    • Dave - Jul 25, 2015 at 5:42 PM

      At least a few hundred. I would say a couple thousand. We haven’t gone anywhere in Pittsburgh today without seeing copious curly W garb.

  6. unkyd59 - Jul 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Esco is at 3rd, batting 4th…

  7. npb99 - Jul 25, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    That’s a sight for sore eyes. Now stay healthy, young man.

  8. raleighnat - Jul 25, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Rendon in and Uggla out. Total win

  9. natsfan1a - Jul 25, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Woooooooooooooooooooo! Welcome back, Anthony!

    And looking forward to reading about the meet-and-greet, ArVa.

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