Rendon activated from disabled list
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.”