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Nationals' Anthony Rendon starts a rehab assignment with Potomac Nationals tonight

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Washington Nationals' infielder Anthony Rendon will start a rehab assignment with the Potomac Nationals. He's been on the DL with a left quad strain since June 26th. Rendon will join Jayson Werth in the P-Nats lineup tonight in a 6:35 PM game.

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Washington Nationals' manager Matt Williams told reporters this afternoon that Anthony Rendon, who was placed on the 15-Day DL with a left quadriceps strain on June 26th, will begin a rehab assignment tonight, playing third base for the High-A Potomac Nationals when they take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 6:35 PM EDT.

"[Anthony] actually has traveled and he'll play in Potomac today," Williams said.

"Rendon right now is playing third, it's the easiest position for him to play as he gets going. Doesn't have to go as far, he's a step and a dive either way and the movement is more limited..." -Matt Williams on Anthony Rendon starting rehab assignment

Rendon, after returning from an oblique strain suffered while rehabbing an MCL sprain suffered this Spring, played second base with the Nationals with Yunel Escobar at third, but Williams said he would play third base tonight with the P-Nats.

"Rendon right now is playing third, it's the easiest position for him to play as he gets going," Williams explained.

"Doesn't have to go as far, he's a step and a dive either way and the movement is more limited at third base, so the initial thought is to get him out there and get him reps at third, get him some game situation and then we'll act accordingly after that."

Rendon will join Jayson Werth in Potomac's lineup. Werth has already played two games, one in the outfield and one as the P-Nats' DH.

"[He was] fine again after last night," Williams said when asked how Werth came through the second game. "He's planning on playing again today, depending on how he feels, so it's a good sign."

"He's looking to play the field today," Williams continued. "He DH'd last night, three at bats and came out of it fine. He was actually here after, I spoke to him, so he's planning on going again today, depending on how the body feels and we'll go from there."

"As they have it right now, I believe they're both hitting 2-3 in their lineup today," Williams said.

Rendon played his first game this season on June 4th.

In 18 games 80 plate appearances, the 25-year-old infielder put up a .290/.375/.362 line with five doubles.