Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo discussed Anthony Rendon’s toe contusion in his toe in last Wednesday’s interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s The Sports Junkies, after making the decision to place the 27-year-old third baseman on the 10-Day Disabled List back on April 22nd, retroactive to the 19th.
“He fouled that ball of his toe and it just didn’t come around,” Rizzo explained.
“So we put him on the DL so he can get off it,” Rizzo continued, “and he’s eligible to come off I think next Sunday (4/29), and we’ll see where he’s at and hopefully he can come off when he’s eligible on Sunday after the ten days.”
Davey Martinez told reporters last Friday that Rendon was working out before the start of the series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and they would see how he responded.
“Feels really, really good,” Martinez said, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr. “He’s supposed to do all the baseball activities today, so we’ll see where he’s at after [that].”
Rendon didn’t return to the lineup last Sunday. On Monday afternoon, Martinez addressed the situation with Rendon’s recovery, telling reporters he was watching closely as Rendon worked out on the field before the series opener with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I watched him out on the field today,” Martinez told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.
“He hit, took ground balls, felt a lot better, ran. We’ll see when he comes back in where he’s at. And we’ll determine whether he needs to go play, or he’s ready to play.”
The Nationals’ skipper suggested that though Rendon could return right to the major league lineup, a rehab stint might be a better idea.
“It’s totally up to the players and the trainers,” Martinez acknowledged.
“For me personally, I like to make sure he’s completely ready and to go down there and there’s no setbacks. Even if it’s for a day or two. Just go play, run through the gamut in a game and then see how he feels.”
In his weekly visit with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this morning, Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo said Rendon was close to a return.
“Anthony has had two extremely difficult workouts at the ballpark the last two days. We really put him through his paces, he came through them both fine. We’ve made some adjustment to his footwear, his shoes, and you know the soles of his spikes and that type of thing to kind of protect the toe and he’s passed all those tests. We’re going to give him another test today and then we’ll assess where he’s at and if he goes on a rehab assignment and when we get him back to the big leagues.”
Apparently he passed today’s test, because Martinez told reporters before tonight’s game that Rendon is headed out for a game or two on a rehab assignment with the Nats’ High-A affiliate, the Potomac Nationals, starting tomorrow.
Anthony Rendon heading to Potomac for rehab games. Possibly one or two starting tomorrow. Davey says— Byron Kerr (@masnKerr) May 2, 2018
Anthony Rendon will go play a few games for Potomac, starting tomorrow.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) May 2, 2018
Rendon will go on a rehab assignment at Potomac tomorrow. Martinez says it’ll either be one or two days, so he’s looking at coming off the DL Friday or Saturday.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 2, 2018