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Rendon works out at Nats Park; Span out of Monday's lineup

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Rendon works out at Nats Park; Span out of Monday's lineup

Anthony Rendon returned to Nationals Park with the Harrisburg Senators off on Monday to go through a workout and be evaluated by Nats trainers.

Rendon played three games over the weekend with Double-A Harrisburg before throwing and running at Nationals Park as he continues to recover from a strained left oblique. Rendon is expected to rejoin the Senators on Tuesday.

Manager Matt Williams said Rendon still has some work to do on his timing before he can lock down a return date.

“He’s still a little off. He still feels like he’s a touch off. But he’s only had a limited number of at-bats, so the more at-bats he has, he’s a fairly quick study in that regard because there aren’t a whole lot of moving parts and he’s short. It comes quickly for him, but it’s important for him to get at-bats and keep going with it and so he’ll get more of those in the days to come.”

Rendon has yet to play for the Nats this season after beginning the year on the disabled list with a sprained left MCL. He appeared in three minor league rehab games while recovering from the knee injury before hurting his oblique.

On this most recent rehab stint, Rendon is 2-for-11 with a double and a walk. The 24-year-old infielder finished fifth in NL MVP voting last season after hitting .287 with 21 homers, 83 RBI and a league-high 111 runs.

Span out after leaving Sunday’s game with sore knee

Denard Span is out of the Nationals’ lineup on Monday after being removed from Sunday’s game against the Reds in Cincinnati with a sore right knee.

Williams – as he told reporters on Sunday – says it is a precaution and the team does not expect the center fielder to miss extended time.

“Knee’s a little sore still, so we’re going to give him a day. He came out of the game yesterday and had some knee soreness so we’ll give him another one to see where he is at. They’re working hard on him, treating him. We’ll see where he is tomorrow,” Williams said.

“He banged it in Chicago. You keep playing on it and if you’ve got a bruise in there or a little swelling in there, it doesn’t allow it to get out so. So, giving him the day will allow that to happen and hopefully he’s back in there tomorrow.”

Span is batting .313 with five homers and 16 RBI in 33 games this season.

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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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