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Nats' Anthony Rendon out with severe chest cold; expected to be ready for Opening Day

By on 3/24/2014 10:30:00 AM

With one week left in the Washington Nationals' open competition between Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa for second base, Rendon has been dealing with a severe chest cold that has kept him out of spring training games since March 20. Team doctors are treating Rendon with antibiotics and although he participated in baseball activities Sunday morning, the Nationals have no precise date for Rendon's return to Grapefruit League games. 

However, manager Matt Williams expressed confidence that Rendon will be ready for the Nationals' opening day on March 31, saying,“We’ll monitor him every day, but today [Sunday] is better. The doctor said he was crackling in there, which is a concern. He’ll be good. It’s just going to take some time.”

Anthony Rendon via Wiki Commons

Rendon, 24, was the Nationals' 2011 first-round draft pick and 2013 top prospect, slashing .265/.329/.396 for the season. In 13 spring training games. Rendon has put up 11 hits, with 2 doubles and a home run (.344/.421/.500), spitting time between second and third base.  Espinosa, who is entering his age 27 season, endured a terrible 2013 (.158/.193/.272), during which he was injured and demoted to Triple-A. Although Espinosa has batted only .214/.298/.405 in 16 spring training games, he is regarded as a Gold-Glove defender at shortstop and second base. Rendon's superior offensive skills are likely to win him the starting second based position, with Espinosa making the roster as a utility infielder. 


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