Washington Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon left last night’s game with a swollen left elbow after he was hit by a 95 MPH fastball in his second at bat. Victor Robles ran into the center field wall while making a catch late in the second game of three with the Marlins in Miami, but shook it off and stayed in the game.
Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez talked after what ended up a 9-3 loss about the issues with his corner infielder and center fielder.
“X-rays were negative,” on Rendon’s elbow the manager said. “He’s just got a contusion, so we’ll wait overnight and see how he feels tomorrow.”
Martinez said he hoped that Rendon would be able to avoid a stint on the Injured List.
“I think so, I mean it’s nothing — like I said, his X-rays were negative so he’s in there now getting treatment so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Rendon had a 17-game hit streak end when he had to bow out of the game, though he took it in stride.
Anthony Rendon on his 17-game hitting streak being snapped tonight: "It's 17 games, is that a lot? Who cares? What's the record like 62 or something like that? It's not even close. It's frickin' who cares...— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) April 21, 2019
And Robles? He made the catch, but went into the wall head/right shoulder first, and a runner scored from second on the play.
Robles talked with the Nationals’ trainer on the field, but stayed in for the rest of the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
“I think we were more concerned — he was fine, but we got more concerned — he said he hit the wall pretty hard with his shoulder,” Martinez said, “so that was the concern so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow as well, but he said he was okay.”
While he wasn’t certain if either would be available for today’s series finale, Martinez was sure that his team would come out fighting.
“We’ll come back tomorrow,” Martinez told reporters.
“Like I said, we’re still 18-19 games in, and tomorrow is another day, and I know the guys will be ready to play tomorrow. One thing about these guys, as you see towards the end of the game, they keep battling.”
Would Rendon or Robles be back able to go? Rendon is sitting this one out. Robles is batting second.