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Rendon activated off DL, in Nats lineup tonight

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Rendon activated off DL, in Nats lineup tonight

The Nationals got the first of their injured regulars back in time for Saturday’s game, activating infielder Anthony Rendon off the 15-day disabled list and inserting him right back in their starting lineup.

Rendon, out since June 24 with a strained left quadriceps muscle, completed a 6-game rehab assignment with Class A Potomac and flew to Pittsburgh to rejoin the Nationals for Saturday night’s game against the Pirates. He’ll bat second and start at second base.

Rendon went 8-for-17 with two doubles and three walks while on rehab, having received at least three plate appearances each of the last four days.

Reliever Abel de los Santos, who made his major-league debut earlier this week, was optioned back to Class AA Harrisburg to clear a roster spot for Rendon.

It’s been a season of fits and starts for Rendon, coming off a breakthrough performance in 2014 that earned him fifth-place honors in NL MVP voting. He suffered a left knee sprain in spring training that lingered far beyond initially expected, then strained an oblique muscle while rehabbing from that injury. He finally made his season debut June 4 but lasted only 18 games before re-injuring himself.

Rendon was just starting to get hot before suffering the quad strain, with six hits over his final eight at-bats before going on the DL. Overall, he is batting .290 with a .375 on-base percentage and .737 OPS, still seeking his first homer of the season.

Rendon is the first of several key members of the Nationals lineup expected to return within the next week. Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) and Jayson Werth (fractured wrist) both remain on rehab for now, but each veteran is close to completing his assignment and should come off the DL soon.

Center fielder Denard Span (back spasms) is behind the others but is expected to resume baseball activities shortly. Yunel Escobar (sore left wrist) is back in the Nationals’ lineup Saturday night after missing the last two games.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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