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Monday, June 9, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Anthony Rendon sits out again

By on 6/09/2014 09:15:00 PM

Third baseman Anthony Rendon will sit out his third straight day as the Nationals (32-29) open a four-game set in San Francisco against the Giants (42-21) but he is feeling better and available off the bench, tweets Dan Kolko of Rendon was drilled by a sharp line drive in Friday night's game against the San Diego Padres, and although X-rays were negative, Rendon has experienced significant swelling in the thumb of his throwing hand. Utilityman Kevin Frandsen will man the hot corner, with Ryan Zimmerman in left field.

Rendon is slashing .272/.328/.470 (OPS+ 119) with nine homers and 34 RBI, including the two-run dinger he sent out of Petco Park to give the Nats the lead Friday night. Although his defense at second and third base has been adequate, he is not yet at the Gold Glove level of Ryan Zimmerman in years past. 

Rendon, 24, was the Nationals' 2011 first-round draft pick, making his debut April 21, 2013 and hitting 265/.329/.396 in his rookie season. Rendon signed a four-year $7.2 million contract with the Nats ($6 million bonus) that pays him $2.7 million in 2014. He is pre-arb and under team control through 2019.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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