Though both Anthony Rendon and the Nationals remain unconcerned his injured right hand will land him on the disabled list, Rendon is out of Saturday’s lineup. He exited Friday night in the sixth inning after a hot smash drilled his right hand at third base. Manager Matt Williams said Rendon will likely sit Sunday afternoon, too.
“It didn’t fracture,” Rendon said. “That’s the biggest thing.”
Rendon has been treating his hand with ice and heat, trying to stem the swelling and soreness.
“It’s pretty sore,” Williams said. “We’ve got a quick turnaround tomorrow. We’ll have to see how it is. The good news is, there’s no fracture. That’s the good thing.”
The Nationals kept Ryan Zimmerman in left field and played Kevin Frandsen at third base, allowing Danny Espinosa to stay at second. Given Zimmerman’s comments Friday about the difficulty of playing third with his chronic right shoulder, it’s not a surprise that Zimmerman isn’t heading back to third for a game.
Zimmerman made two solid plays in left field Friday night, including one that forced him to run into the side wall in foul territory. One scout said he’s better in left than he anticipated, at least early on.
In the lineup, Williams slotted Frandsen into the second spot rather than a regular start into Rendon’s customary place.
“The way things have been going with Zim [hitting fifth], lengthening the lineup and all that, it makes sense to put Franny in there,” Williams said. “He’ll hit behind a runner. If we get a chance, we can hit and run. He’ll protect Denard if he wants to steal. It’s a good fit.”