Ren­don be­gins re­hab as­sign­ment

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Af­ter re­hab­bing a strained left quad for three weeks, An­thony Ren­don be­gan a mi­nor league re­hab as­sign­ment Satur­day night at Class A Po­tomac. Ren­don joined Jayson Werth, who also played with Po­tomac on Satur­day as he re­turns from a frac­tured left wrist.

Ren­don went 2 for 2 with a dou­ble while Werth went 1 for 2 with a dou­ble and a walk in a 7-5 loss against Myr­tle Beach.

Although Ren­don was play­ing sec­ond base ev­ery day be­fore he hurt his leg in late June, he played third base on Satur­day.

“It’s the eas­i­est po­si­tion for him to play as he gets go­ing,” Na­tion­als Man­ager Matt Wil­liams said. “He doesn’t have to go as far. He’s a step and a dive ei­ther way, and the move­ment is more lim­ited at third base. The ini­tial thought is get him out there and get him some reps at third, get him in game sit­u­a­tions and act ac­cord­ingly af­ter that.”

Werth served as the des­ig­nated hitter for the sec­ond straight night af­ter he played left field on Thurs­day. Werth is ex­pected to take any­where from a week to two weeks be­fore re­turn­ing to the Na­tion­als.

In his re­turn from plan­tar fasci­itis, Ryan Zim­mer­man took bat­ting prac­tice again be­fore Satur­day’s first game at Na­tion­als Park. He also fielded grounders and ran the bases at what looked to be full speed. If he doesn’t have any is­sues, he could soon be­gin a re­hab as­sign­ment, too.

“I think I’m close,” he said. “I don’t know when. It’s go­ing to be kind of am­at­ter of . . . how I feel.”

Run­ning was the last hold-up in Zim­mer­man’s re­cov­ery. He said his foot felt much bet­ter Fri­day when he ramped up his ac­tiv­i­ties and will eval­u­ate how he feels Sun­day af­ter push­ing his run­ning again Satur­day.

“It feels good,” he said. “Ground­balls, at the plate, ev­ery­thing feels good. To­wards the end when I was play­ing through it, I sort of felt it at the plate a lit­tle bit, but that’s no ex­cuse for how bad I was hit­ting. I’mnot go­ing to use it as a cop out. I’m just go­ing to say I needed to hit bet­ter.”

Right-han­der Stephen Stras­burg, who is re­cov­er­ing from a left oblique strain, played catch and threw from flat ground be­fore Satur­day’s first game. Re­liever David Car­pen­ter also tested his in­flamed right shoul­der by play­ing catch with a trainer.

JONATHAN NEW­TON/THE WASHINGTON POST

An­thony Ren­don be­gan a mi­nor league re­hab as­sign­ment at Class A Po­tomac as he con­tin­ues his re­cov­ery from a strained left quad.

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