Anthony Rendon’s return from a left knee sprain hit a snag this week due to some tightness in his side, but he could resume his minor league rehab assignment as soon as tomorrow.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Rendon went through a full workout today. Assuming he feels good tomorrow, he’ll return to the lineup with Double-A Harrisburg for the first time since last Saturday. The Nationals were originally hoping that Rendon would be ready to make his season debut during this weekend’s four-game series against the Mets, but he’ll likely spend a few more days in the minors to get back into the swing of things.
The Nationals were talking about potentially having Rendon split time between second base and third base upon his return, as Yunel Escobar has grown more comfortable at the hot corner. It’s unclear whether that’s still the plan, but either way, getting him back will be a big boost to their lineup.
Rendon, 24, batted .287 with a .351 on-base percentage to go along with 21 home runs and 17 stolen bases last season.
The Royals announced this afternoon that right-hander Yordano Ventura dropped the appeal of his seven-game suspension from MLB. He’ll begin serving it tonight.
Ventura was suspended for his part in instigating last Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl against the White Sox. He got the stiffest penalty of any of the players involved. Edinson Volquez (five games), Lorenzo Cain (two games), and Kelvin Herrera (two games) were also suspended for Kansas City while Chris Sale (five games) and Jeff Samardizja (five games) were suspended for Chicago.
Ventura initially appealed the suspension, so he was able to start against the Indians last night. It didn’t go so well, as he took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. He’ll now miss one turn in the rotation and will be eligible to return for the start of a three-game series against the Tigers next Friday.
Jose Reyes has been trying to play through a small crack in his left rib, but he’ll now get an extended absence, as the Blue Jays have announced that the veteran shortstop has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Jonathan Diaz was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster.
Reyes sat out last weekend due to the injury. A switch-hitter, he’s been limited to hitting from the right side since his return and he’s just 3-for-23 (.130) with zero extra-base hits over his last six games. The results haven’t been there and the discomfort has apparently lingered, so rest sounds like the best course of action.
Ryan Goins, who started Sunday in place of Reyes, and Diaz figure to see most of the playing time at shortstop for now.
There’s been quite a bit of chatter among Mets fans in recent days about whether prospect Dilson Herrera would be a better option at second base than Daniel Murphy. Well, Murphy quickly changed the conversation with this go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning against the Marlins tonight:
Murphy also made an outstanding defensive play in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets went on to win 3-1. The game took just one hour and 58 minutes to complete thanks to strong pitching performances from Dillon Gee and Jarred Cosart.
The Mets improved to a major league-best 15-5 with tonight’s victory. Meanwhile, the World Series favorite Nationals fell to the Braves tonight for their sixth straight loss. They are now 7-13 on the year and eight games back in the National League East. There’s still a long way to go, but that’s pretty stunning.
Anthony Rendon’s rehab from a sprained MCL in his left knee has hit what could be considered at least a temporary snag, as Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that he was scratched from a minor league rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg today after feeling “fatigue” during afternoon workouts.
Rendon injured his knee on a diving play at third base in early March. He finally began a minor league rehab assignment on Friday and played in back-to-back games, but had a scheduled day off yesterday. The Nationals mapped out a plan that could have had him make his season debut as soon as Thursday against the Mets, but that’s on hold for now.
Rendon, 24, batted .287/.351/.473 with 21 home runs, 83 RBI, and 17 stolen bases last season. He’s expected to see playing time between second base and third base upon his return.