A day after Manager Davey Johnson said he wanted to move back to a regular, set lineup, he made a change. Against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, Steve Lombardozzi will replace Anthony Rendon at second base and hitting eighth in order to give Rendon precautionary rest for his left forearm, Johnson said.
After his final at-bat last night, Johnson noticed Rendon flexing and rotating his left forearm as Rendon walked off the field. Rendon was looked at by team physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, Johnson said, and had no problems.
“He’s fine,” Johnson said.
Rendon could have played without issue; Rendon did not even bring up his forearm when asked if any kind of injury was keeping him out of the lineup. But Johnson had been considering giving Rendon a day off, and the minor forearm issue confirmed he should.
Rendon has been on a mini hot streak, going 7 for his last 21 with two homers, a double and two walks. Lombardozzi In infrequent playing time, Lombardozzi has gone 9 for his last 25 with three doubles.