Matt Williams talked before the Washington Nationals' series finale with the Atlanta Braves about both Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon being out of the lineup. Though he declined to go into detail about Harper's absence after the 22-year-old outfielder pulled up with what looked like a flare up of the hamstring issue that's been bothering him late in Wednesday's extra innings game, he did go into some detail about what was bothering Rendon.
"He's been dealing with some soreness," Williams said, "so we'll give him the day too. They're both available, but today is the day to give them the rest that they need."
"It's nothing in the knee," Williams told reporters, explaining that it wasn't a problem with the MCL strain that sidelined Randon this Spring or the oblique strain which followed.
"He's had a little bit of an issue with a quad that he's been playing with so we're just going to make sure that we can look at days that we can give him [off]. Today was one of those days that we scheduled, so we've got to make sure that we're mindful of his progress too."
A day later, Rendon has been placed on the DL with what a press release on the roster move described as a "left quadriceps strain". The move is retroactive to June 25th.
To replace Rendon on the roster, the Nationals first transferred Reed Johnson to the 60-Day DL, then called up D.C.-native Emmanuel Burriss from Triple-A Syracuse.
Rendon was 20 for 69 (.290/.375/.362) with five doubles in 18 games after he came off the Disabled List and started his 2015 campaign on June 4th.
Burriss, 30, returns to the majors for the first time since 2012, which was his fifth season in the majors with the San Francisco Giants.
In his first season in the Nationals' system last year, Burriss put up a .300/.377/.412 line with 18 doubles, seven triples and six home runs in 116 games and 510 plate appearances.
So far this season, Burriss, a shortstop and second baseman, is 66 for 237 (.278/.354/.392) with eight doubles, five triples and three home runs.