Anthony Rendon connected for hits in 22 of 26 games heading into the series finale with the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, going 34 for 98 (.347/.432/.561) with nine doubles and four home runs, 14 walks and 11 Ks over that stretch, which left him with a .315/.401/.601 line on the season.
Rendon was 0 for 2 in the third of three in Oracle Park when reliever Andrew Suarez hit him with a back foot, 2-2 slider, which actually caught Washington’s 29-year-old infielder on his right, back foot.
That was in the top of the fourth. Rendon took his base, and remained in the game through the top of the sixth, but he was replaced at third base before the Nationals took the field in the bottom of the inning and the team announced shortly thereafter that he’d left the game with what was described simply as a “sore toe” in reports from San Francisco.
Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez downplayed the severity of the issue when he spoke after the 4-1 win.
“It’s really nothing,” Martinez said. “He got hit in the big toe, and he just got really sore, so for precautionary [reasons] we got him and got him iced up and he said he feels okay.”
Asked if they had or planned on having an X-ray of the infielder’s foot taken, Martinez said he was not sure.
“I haven’t even talked to [team trainer] Paul [Lessard] yet about it, so I don’t know if he got an X-ray or not, but he said he feels fine.”
Rendon, of course, missed time last season after fouling a pitch off his foot and suffering what was later diagnosed as a hairline fracture in his left big toe, and he did miss some time earlier this season with a bruised elbow after he was hit by a pitch.
Did he escape serious damage this time? Would he be in the lineup for the series opener with the New York Mets in Citi Field tonight?