"Everything is good," Rendon said, per the Washington Post. "Getting back into the swing of things and trying to feel comfortable."
Rendon went 1 for 2 with one double before being lifted after five innings.
"I haven't seen him since the play he got injured on so it was good to see him back out there,"Double-A manager Brian Daubach said. "He had a normal workday. He took infield with the club. He looked good in the game. He looked good on the double. Had a couple plays at third and made the plays. Another step in the right direction and staying on schedule."
Rendon is expected to play at least five days on a rehab assignment. He will play seven innings on Saturday before receiving an off day on Sunday. The team wants him to play a full game before activating him from the disabled list.
Rendon is expected to play at least five days on a rehab assignment.
Rendon, who finished fifth in NL MVP voting last season, started the year on the 15-day disabled list with left MCL sprain.
Manager Matt Williams said he plans to have Rendon play third when he's activated from the disabled list. Yunel Escobar has been filling in for the Nationals' while Rendon remains sidelined.
"Right now, we're gonna play him at third," Williams said, per the Washington Post.
Rendon is scheduled for five innings Wednesday before resting Thursday. He then might begin a rehab assignment Friday.
Williams added Rendon could get some playing time on his rehab assignment at second base. However, he has only played third base thus far because it is less physically demanding.
Williams said Rendon told him Monday night that his knee is no longer bothering him. Rendon sprained the MCL in his left knee diving for a baseball during a March 9 spring game.
“It does get a little stiff but the pain has subsided,” Williams said, per The Washington Post. “That’s a real good sign that it’s not an issue. Beyond that, it’s getting in shape. Anything that has to do with your legs and not being able to do much then you’re not in baseball shape. So we want to make sure that he’s in shape and his legs are underneath him.
"So beyond the pain, that’s probably the biggest thing. His swing will come. The timing will come. We don’t want him getting out there too quickly and not being in baseball shape and being ready to go.”
"Wet field conditions today, so he didn't run today, but he did all the other things. He hit, he threw, he took grounders because we can cover the field. So all is well. He's progressing nicely."
Rendon, who finished fifth in NL MVP voting last season, started the year on the 15-day disabled list with the injury. The team has not given a timetable for Rendon's return. In the meantime, Washington will use Yunel Escobar at third base while Rendon remains sidelined.
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