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Second baseman Anthony Rendon remained behind in Viera as the Nationals traveled to Port St. Lucie to play the Mets. Rendon has been fighting a bad chest cold, so harsh that he required antibiotics. Early this morning, he took swings in the batting cage, played catch and ran, his first action since Thursday, when he entered a game as a defensive replacement.

Though Rendon has been laid low, the Nationals have no concern he will be ready by opening day next Monday.

“He’s getting better,” Manager Matt Williams said. “We’ll monitor him every day, but today is better. The doctor said he was crackling in there, which is a concern. He’ll be good. It’s just going to take some time.”

The Nationals will face Jenrry Meija today. Old friend John Lannan will pitch in relief as he tries to make the Mets’ roster out of the bullpen. There is a good chance he’ll make his third NL East team in three years.


1. Jamey Carroll, 2B

2. Bryce Harper, LF

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Jose Lobaton, C

8. Nate McLouth, CF

9. Tanner Roark, SP