Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez reiterated on Sunday that they still hoped to avoid having to put injured infielder Anthony Rendon on the Injured List after Rendon was hit on the left elbow during Saturday night’s game in Miami.
“I figured he was going to be stiff today,” Martinez said of Rendon, “so I even told him last night we wasn’t going to play. We’ll see how he feels throughout the day today and then we’ll go from there.”
With the Nats’ bench short, however, Martinez said Michael A. Taylor, who was drafted as a shortstop before being converted into an outfielder, would potentially be used as a backup infielder if needed.
They didn’t stick with the short bench for long, however. This afternoon, the Nationals made a move, calling Jake Noll up from Triple-A Fresno and returning reliever Austin Adams to the new minor league affiliate.
Noll, 25, made the Opening Day roster after a breakout Spring Training (which followed a strong season between High and Double-A and a solid showing in the Arizona Fall League).
Noll was hitless in three games in the majors before he was optioned to Triple-A, where he went 10 for 53 (.189/.246/.283) with two doubles and a home run in 14 games before he got the call to rejoin the Nationals in Denver, Colorado for the start of their three-game set with the Rockies tonight.
Rendon, it appears, is still not going on the IL, but with today’s move, the Nationals aren’t as short on the bench as they were on Sunday.
Will Rendon be able to avoid an IL stint? Will Noll notch his first big league hit this time? Will we ever get to see Michael A. Taylor play short in the majors? If, you know, you actually want to see that...