Talking to reporters before Monday night’s series opener with the New York Mets in Citi Field, Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez provided updates on a number of injured players, including third baseman Anthony Rendon, who’s been out of the lineup since he fouled a pitch off the big toe on his left foot this past Saturday afternoon.
“Rendon’s toe is still sore, so we’ve just got to play it out and see what happens,” Martinez explained. “He said he’s getting a little better, but at this point he’s still pretty sore.”
At that point, Martinez said, the Nats weren’t considering placing the 27-year-old infielder on the Disabled List.
“Right now we’re just trying to see what — I mean it’s the bruise, he’s got a bad bruise on the bottom of his foot, so we’re just going to try to play it out, see if he gets better. He’s getting treatment, he said he’s getting a little better, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
On Tuesday, Rendon had a medical procedure performed on his toe to lessen the pressure, a decompression of the hematoma which had formed under the big toe. He told reporters in New York, as The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes wrote, that he felt, “... confident he is going to beat the 10 days he would need to miss to make DL worthwhile.”
“He’s progressing very slow, but he feels better,” Martinez said before last night’s game.
“Yesterday he actually was out, had his spikes on walking around, so that was good news, so we’ll see how he feels after the game today, and see what happens.”
Through 14 games this season, Rendon is 16 for 56 (.286/.355/.411) with four doubles, one home run, six walks, and eight Ks in 62 plate appearances.
Rendon is out of the lineup again tonight, however. Will a day off before the Nationals start a three-game series in LA on Friday night allow him enough time to rest up and return?
HERE’S THE NATS’ LINEUP FOR TONIGHT’S SERIES FINALE WITH THE METS:
#Nats @ #Mets 3 of 3: Turner SS, Kendrick 2B, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Sierra LF, Taylor CF, Difo 3B, Severino C, Roark RHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) April 18, 2018