Ren­don ac­ti­vated from dis­abled list

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/ na­tion­al­sjour­nal

The Na­tion­als re­in­stated in­fielder An­thony Ren­don from the dis­abled list Satur­day af­ter he missed 25 games with a strained left quad. To make room for Ren­don, the Na­tion­als op­tioned re­liever Abel de Los San­tos to Class AA Har­ris­burg.

“It al­ways feels good to get over that hump, the lit­tle speed bump there in the road,” Ren­don said.

Ren­don was in the lineup for Satur­day’s game against the Pi­rates, bat­ting sec­ond and play­ing sec­ond base.

Ren­don played in six mi­nor league re­hab games dur­ing his most re­cent stint on the dis­abled list, hit­ting 8 for 17 and spend­ing all of his time in the field at third base.

But even af­ter his ac­ti­va­tion, he said it still will be an on­go­ing process to get back into game shape. He has played only 18 ma­jor league games this sea­son be­fore Satur­day be­cause of mul­ti­ple in­juries.

“There’s still go­ing to be an im­prove­ment,” Ren­don said. “I still got to work on it, but that’s why you play so many games in a sea­son. You can’t just come out of the gates and be 100 per­cent.”

With Ren­don back in the fold, the Na­tion­als have four ca­pa­ble in­field­ers for three po­si­tions. Ian Desmond has strug­gled much of the sea­son but is hit­ting well of late. Yunel Es­co­bar re­turned to the lineup Satur­day af­ter two days of rest for his tweaked left wrist. Danny Espinosa, who has been one of the Na­tion­als’ most re­li­able play­ers this sea­son, was given Satur­day off.

“It de­pends on an ev­ery­day ba­sis,” Man­ager Matt Wil­liams said. “It’s a func­tion of where we’re at.”

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