Sunday morning, Anthony Rendon grabbed a bat and walked to the batting cage down the hall from the Nationals‘ clubhouse. He swung for about 10 minutes, and “I barreled it,” Rendon said, which he took as a good sign for the condition of his swollen right hand. But the Nationals will hold him out at least one more game.
“It’s sore,” Rendon said. “It’s progression. Can’t jump right to it.”
Rendon’s ability to test his hand augurs well for his return Monday night in San Francisco, and even his availability Sunday.
For now, like Saturday night, Kevin Frandsen will take his place at both third base and batting second in the lineup. Ryan Zimmerman remains in right field, as third base becomes more and more entrenched as his former position. As the Nationals took infield practice Sunday morning, Zimmerman joined in — taking grounders and throws at first base, not third.
Jayson Werth will play after a minor, odd scare Saturday night. In his second at-bat against Andrew Cashner, Werth fouled off a pitch and felt a painful sensation in his left wrist, which he broke and had surgically repaired in 2012.
“I don’t even understand it,” Werth said. “It’s like a stinger in football. I’ve never had a stinger, but it seems like it. It just like zings. It gets hot. I don’t know if I pinched a nerve or something. It hurts.”
Back in the dugout, Werth sat on the bench and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz poked his wrist to check for strength. Werth often experienced the shooting, fleeting pain in his wrist after he returned from surgery in 2012. But it never happened last year, and Saturday night it caught him off guard.
“It was five seconds,” Werth said. “It was like, what the heck? It goes away after a few seconds, but it doesn’t feel real good when it happens.”
Werth never left the game Saturday, and later in the night he drilled a hard line out to center field. He had minor swelling Sunday morning, but he didn’t think there would be any lasting effect. “It’s fine,” he said.
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
3. Jayson Werth, RF
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Ryan Zimmerman, LF
6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
8. Jose Lobaton, C
9. Jordan Zimmermann, SP
1. Everth Cabrera, SS
2. Seth Smith, RF
3. Carlos Quentin, LF
4. Chase Headley, 3B
5. Yonder Alonso, 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal, C
7. Cameron Maybin, CF
8. Alexi Amarista, 2B
9. Eric Stults, SP