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Rendon out again, this time with tight side


Rendon out again, this time with tight side

ATLANTA — Anthony Rendon is out of Class AA Harrisburg’s lineup for the third straight day, this time after complaining of tightness in his side, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams.

Rendon, on a rehab assignment with the Senators while recovering from a sprained left knee, played five innings at third base on Friday, then seven innings at second base on Saturday before taking a scheduled day off Sunday. He was due to play at least seven innings at second base on Monday but was scratched from the lineup after having trouble with his knee during batting practice.

“It was a little chilly there, and he had a little issue getting loose with the knee,” Williams said Monday night. “So we just decided to be safe with that.”

The Nationals hoped Rendon would return to play Tuesday, but he reported to the ballpark with tightness in his side, so the club decided to give him another day off.

“We want to make sure we don’t mess with stuff like that,” Williams said. “I think he’s fine, it’s just a question at this point of not rushing him too fast.”

Williams said Rendon reported no issues Tuesday with his knee, which was feeling better. He has been out since early March with a sprained MCL. The Nationals hope he’ll be ready to play Wednesday, when Harrisburg hosts a matinee.

“We just made sure they’re treating him down there aggressively, doing some modality stuff,” Williams said. “So I think he’ll be good tomorrow.”

Even if this is only a minor setback, it will delay Rendon’s season debut at least a few days. The Nationals want him to play a full nine innings in the field at least once, possibly more than that, before activating him off the DL. It’s still possible he’ll join the club before the end of this weekend’s series in New York, but his debut could be pushed back to early next week in Washington.

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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.


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.


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.