UPDATE: Anthony Rendon diagnosed with oblique strain

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UPDATE: According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Rendon was diagnosed with an oblique strain following an MRI. He’ll be shut down until the injury heals.

7:16 p.m. ET: Anthony Rendon’s long road back from a left knee sprain continues to be delayed due to ongoing tightness in his side.

Rendon originally began a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on April 24 and appeared in back-to-back games before side tightness kept him off the field. While he was able to return to action this past Friday and went 0-for-2 with a walk, he was scratched on Saturday and Sunday due to recurring symptoms.

According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Rendon was back in Washington. D.C. today to be examined by team doctor Dr. Wiemi Douoguih. While Nationals manager Matt Williams isn’t calling it an oblique injury, they don’t want to take any chances and make it worse.

“I don’t know why it’s been a problem. It’s just crept up on him. So we’re being cautious with it to make sure that it doesn’t turn into something we don’t want it to turn into,” Williams said.

“So last couple of days, he’s taken it easy and, you know, he went through the full workout a couple of days ago and it was tight, so we made sure yesterday, we shut him down for yesterday. And then he’s back here to see the doc today and hopefully resume.”

The Nationals have turned things around after a slow start, recently winning three out of four from the first-place Mets, but this lineup would like a whole lot scarier with a healthy Rendon. The 24-year-old is coming off a monster season in which he batted .287/.351/.473 with 21 home runs, 83 RBI, and 17 stolen bases.

Mets lose Robinson Canó, Jeff McNeil to injured list

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As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.

Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.