Anthony Rendon continued his slow recovery from a left oblique strain on Wednesday at Nationals Park, as he rejoined the team after training for several days at extended spring training in Viera, Fla.
Rendon took groundballs at second base, did some running and took swings in the batting cage. Though it's a small step, the 2014 Silver Slugger looked good according to manager Matt Williams.
"It was a good day for him. We're glad to have him back here on the road to recovery," Williams explained. "Right now we're trying to get him as healthy as possible. Today he took some grounders. He did some light swinging in the cage. All of the strengthening work. Running, of course. And then some light lifting, as well."
Rendon, who was removed a minor league rehab assignment after playing three games nearly three weeks ago, still does not have a timeline to return.
"We don't know. Obliques are difficult because you just don't know," Williams said. "The objective is to make sure he's fully ready to go and that he has no pain doing anything and no issues doing anything. Then we'll look to games. That timetable, nobody really knows. We'll continue to ramp it up slowly as well as we can."
Rendon declined to talk to reporters about his recovery on Wednesday and has not spoken publicly about his rehab since late in spring training. He has been on the mend since spraining his left MCL on March 9. Rendon began a rehab assignment for that injury before feeling tightness in his oblique.
Rendon, 24, hit .287 with 21 homers, 83 RBI and a league-best 111 runs in 2014.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.