Nats activate Ryan Zimmerman, send Rendon back to minors

Ryan Zimmerman is ready to return to the hot corner in Washington.
Ryan Zimmerman is ready to return to the hot corner in Washington. USATSI

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On Friday, the Nationals made a pair of related roster moves. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who's been sidelined with a thigh injury, has been activated from the disabled list. To make room for him on the active roster (and at third base), the Nats have sent top prospect Anthony Rendon back to the minors.

On the season, the 28-year-old Zimmerman owns a batting line of .226/.311/.358 with the same number of extra-base hits (four) as errors in the field. Zimmerman owns a Gold Glove and a career OPS+ of 120, but injuries have at times limited his ability to remain on the field and play effectively.

Rendon batted .240/.367/.280 in eight games during his call-up. He's now on his way back to Double-A. Coming into the season, MLB.com ranked Rendon as the no. 28 prospect in all of baseball.

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