Washington Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon, who fouled a pitch off his foot back on April 13th, still had pain in the left big toe after he worked out prior to Saturday’s game in LA, so Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters after what ended up a 4-0 loss that they would have to reevaluate the situation and make a decision on how to handle things going forward.
“We’ll have to revisit it. I’ve got to talk to [team trainer] Paul [Lessard] tonight and see where we’re at,” Martinez said.
“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 need him, so we’ll see.”
This afternoon the Nationals made the decision to put the 27-year-old infielder on the 10-Day Disabled List, retroactive to April 19th, which is as far as they can backdate the move.
After placing Rendon on the DL, the Nationals recalled right-hander Austin L. Adams from Triple-A Syracuse, adding an arm to the bullpen before the finale of the Nats’ three-game set in Dodger Stadium.
Adams, 26, started the season with Washington’s top minor league affiliate, putting up 5 1⁄3 scoreless in which he gave up just one hit, walked four batters, and struck out six before he was called back up to join the big league bullpen.
Rendon was 16 for 56 (.286/.355/.411) with four doubles, one home run, six walks, and eight Ks in 62 plate appearances early this season, but he’s missed seven games (eight including tonight’s) and the Nationals were shorthanded on the bench over the last week-plus as they tried to avoid placing him on the DL.