Anthony Rendon hits in cage, takes grounders

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Anthony Rendon was placed on the disabled list just before the start of the 2015 regular season with a sprained MCL in his left knee and then he strained his left oblique muscle in early May while trying to rehab that knee injury. It’s been a frustrating several weeks for the young budding star, but he is finally beginning to make some significant progress …

Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports that Rendon took grounders, did some running, and hit in an indoor batting cage Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. “It was a good day for him,” said Nationals manager Matt Williams. “We’re glad to have him back here on the road to recovery. Right now we’re trying to get him as healthy as possible.”

Rendon, 24, should be ready at some point in early June if he can avoid further physical setbacks.

He hit .287/.351/.473 with 21 homers, 83 RBI, and 111 runs scored in 153 games last season.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.