Eight days after fouling a pitch off the big toe on his left foot, Washington Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon has still not returned to the lineup, though he worked out in LA on Friday afternoon and felt, “... only minor soreness in his left big toe,” according to what MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reported on Saturday night.
Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters that the 27-year-old was available if needed in the second of three against the Dodgers.
“We should have Anthony to pinch-hit today, which is great,” Martinez said before the game, though he didn’t end up using Rendon in what ended up a 4-0 loss.
Asked afterwards if Rendon had been available, Martinez said he was, though he didn’t use him.
“I probably would have if we had a chance to tie or go ahead,” he explained, “but he went through his work today and he was pretty sore. So we’re going to have to reevaluate again and see where he’s at.”
Will Rendon end up having to go on the Disabled List, a week-plus after he injured the toe?
“We’ll have to revisit it,” Martinez said.
“I’ve got to talk to [team trainer] Paul [Lessard] tonight and see where we’re at, but he did a lot of stuff today and he said he’s pretty sore, but he said he could pinch hit possibly if we needed him, so we’ll see.”
Before he suffered the injury, Rendon was 16 for 56 (.286/.355/.411) with four doubles, one home run, six walks, and eight Ks in 62 plate appearances.
Meanwhile, Adam Eaton, who was eligible to come off the Disabled List on Wednesday did some work on the field on Saturday, but wasn’t reinstated last night.
Martinez said he would know more after the 29-year-old outfielder’s pregame workout was done, but didn’t provide any update on Eaton after the loss.
Eaton, who suffered a bone bruise in his left ankle during the home opener in D.C., after he injured the ankle in the process of blowing out his knee last April, was 10 for 29 early in his second season in Washington, with three doubles and two home runs before he landed on the DL.
Will either Rendon or Eaton be back in the lineup for tonight’s series finale with the Dodgers in LA?