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