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Nationals reinstate Anthony Rendon from the DL; option Abel de Los Santos to Double-A

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The Washington Nationals reinstated Anthony Rendon from the DL this afternoon after six rehab games for the 24-year-old infielder who was recovering from a left quad strain. The Nationals could use the help.

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The Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that they reinstated Anthony Rendon from the DL and optioned right-hander Abel de Los Santos to Double-A Harrisburg to make room on the roster.

Rendon missed 25 games with a left quad strain after starting the season late following an MCL sprain suffered in Spring Training and an oblique issue suffered while he was rehabbing from the knee injury.

Rendon appeared in six minor league rehab games before he was reinstated, going 8 for 17 (.471 AVG) with two doubles, three walks and two runs scored.

In 18 games and 80 plate appearances for the Nationals this season, the 24-year-old infielder has put up a .290/.375/.362 line with five doubles.

Rendon, the Nats' 2011 1st Round pick, has struggled to stay in the lineup all season coming off a breakout campaign in 2014 which saw the second/third baseman put up a .287/.351/.473 line with 39 doubles, six triples and 21 HRs in 153 games and 683 PAs over which he was worth +6.5 fWAR.

Rendon is batting second and playing second for the Nationals tonight.