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.