Ryan Zimmerman activated, Anthony Rendon sent back to Harrisburg

(John McDonnell / The Washington Post)


The Nationals, as expected, today welcomed back franchise third baseman Ryan Zimmerman after he missed 15 days on the disabled list and sent Anthony Rendon, a presumed future organizational pillar, back to Class AA Harrisburg for more seasoning.

Zimmerman will likely start at third base tonight against the Pirates as the Nationals open a three-game series in Pittsburgh. Zimmerman missed 14 games with a strained left hamstring and on Wednesday night went 0 for 3 during a six-inning rehab appearance at Class A Potomac. Before his injury, Zimmerman was hitting .226 with a .670 OPS and one homer.

Rendon, 22, went 6 for 25 with five walks in his brief first stint in the major leagues. After a slow start, Rendon reached base in nine of his final 15 plate appearances. Rendon will likely return at some point this season, at least as a September call-up if not sooner. The Nationals can recall him at any point with little bearing on his contractual rights.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.



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