The Nationals dodged another significant injury Friday night after X-rays on Anthony Rendon’s right hand came back negative, Manager Matt Williams said. Rendon left after the fifth inning of the Nationals’ 6-0 victory over the Padres after Carlos Quentin’s smash drilled him in the thumb of his throwing hand in the fourth inning. Williams said Rendon is considered day-to-day.
“It’s pretty swollen,” Williams said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
In the first inning, Quentin ripped a two-hopper to third base. Rendon stationed his body in front the ball. It hit him in the hand and trickled away. Rendon gathered the ball and misfired to first base, the first of two errors on the night.
“Pretty worried,” Rendon said. “I didn’t really feel it. It just went straight to numbness. I’ll be all right.”
Rendon’s absence gave the Nationals a scare. The Nationals have fought injuries all year, and with Ryan Zimmerman’s return this week, they are missing only Bryce Harper from a recently scorching lineup. Rendon’s frequently spectacular play at third allowed Zimmerman to move to left field, a change that is easier on him than staying at his old position.
Rendon, who turned 24 Friday, has been one of the Nationals’ best hitters this season. He launched his ninth homer this year — and fourth in seven games — in the first inning. Rendon is batting .272/.328/.470.
In April, Zimmerman broke his right thumb and Harper tore a ligament in his left thumb.
“We don’t want any more thumbs,” Williams said. “It’s good news that it’s negative.”