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.