Washington Nationals' manager Matt Williams was asked for a status update on 24-year-old Nats' infielder Anthony Rendon on Saturday night after the 2011 1st Round pick was scratched from another rehab start with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.
"Anthony is day-to-day," Williams said. "It's going to be that way as he goes. So today he didn't get as loose as we wanted to." So Rendon didn't play.
"It's his side?" a reporter asked.
"Yeah," Williams said.
Though he started his rehab assignment working his way back from an MCL sprain in his left knee suffered back on March 9th, an issue with his side developed.
Rendon was scheduled to ramp up to seven and nine innings last week as he approached a return to the majors, but as Williams explained it to reporters, including Washington Post writer James Wagner, he felt discomfort in his side which slowed his progress.
"'He reported to the stadium and felt a little tightness kind of in his side, so we want to make sure we don’t mess with stuff like that. I think he’s fine, it’s just a question at this point of not rushing him too fast,' Williams said."
Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo told the WaPost's Wagner and Chelsea Janes last Wednesday that there was no problem with Rendon's knee, but the side was something they couldn't ignore:
"'The knee is fine. The side doesn’t really worry us, but it’s something that you can’t really just ignore and plow through to get him ready... We need him ready for the long term, so we’ll see if he progresses to get back to his rehab and go from there.'"
Rendon hasn't played since May 1st, when he went 0 for 2 with a walk for the Senators.
This afternoon, Williams told reporters in Nationals Park, where the Nats start a three-game set against the Miami Marlins, that Rendon was in D.C. to see team doctor, Dr. Wiemi Douoguih and have the side/oblique examined before they make any decision on how to proceed:
Anthony Rendon (oblique) is not in the lineup at Double-A Harrisburg today. This will be third straight game he misses. @MLBONFOX— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 4, 2015
Rendon originally was sent to Harrisburg to rehabilitate a knee injury. Now the oblique is a more acute concern.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 4, 2015
Anthony Rendon is in DC to see the team doctor this afternoon. Matt Williams says Rendon is day-to-day dealing w left side tightness. #Nats— Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) May 4, 2015
Anthony Rendon is in DC to visit with Nats doctor about his side tightness. The plan for him will depend on evaluation.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) May 4, 2015
Rendon back in DC today having left side examined by #Nats team doctor. He's day to day until there's a full diagnosis.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) May 4, 2015
Anthony Rendon is listed as day to day. He is going to see Dr. Wiemi Douoguih and find out when he can return to baseball activities.#Nats— William Ladson (@washingnats) May 4, 2015