In two games on a rehab stint with the Potomac Nationals, Anthony Rendon went 5 for 8 with two doubles. He’s ready. Call him up.
This afternoon, the Washington Nationals brought their 27-year-old third baseman back off the Disabled List, optioning infielder Adrian Sanchez to Triple-A to make room on the roster.
Rendon injured his left big toe when he fouled a pitch off his foot in an April 13th game, but he wasn’t placed on the DL until April 22nd (retroactive to the 19th), with what the Nationals described in a press release on the roster move as a “toe contusion”.
After his second rehab game on Friday night, Rendon admitted to the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes that he’d actually suffered a hairline fracture in the toe.
“Yes, there was a fracture of some sort, but small obviously,” Rendon told the WaPost.
“That’s why it’s been taking so long.”
“They said I’m going to feel it for another five or six weeks after the injury, so obviously it’s still going to be there, but we play with aches and pains throughout the year. I was just trying to get it where it’s tolerable and I’m not really compensating around it.”
Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters before Friday’s series opener that they would wait and see how things went and make a decision about bringing him back afterwards.
In his post game press conference following the Nationals’ 7-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Martinez confirmed that Rendon would be returning.
So where’s he going to put Rendon in the lineup? Will Bryce Harper remain the leadoff hitter?
“We’ll see,” Martinez said. “I’ve got to sleep on it. We’ll see. The good news is we’re getting Rendon back and that’s good to see. I don’t even know if I’m going to play him tomorrow... just kidding.”
“That’s going to be great,” Harper said, when asked about Rendon’s impending return after homering twice in the win over the Phillies last night.
“Hopefully [Rendon] will be in the lineup tomorrow and one of our big guys coming back.”
Rendon is in the lineup, batting second and playing third against the Phillies.