Rendon is fielding grounders and taking swings in the batting cage, but he is not quite ready to resume a rehab assignment, manager Matt Williams said Wednesday. Rendon was on a rehab assignment in early May before having to stop because of an oblique strain.
Williams said Friday that Rendon fielded around 40 grounders and turned some double plays at second base. He also took part in live batting practice for the first time since suffering his oblique injury.
Though he was able to get some work in, Williams said he's not ready to resume rehab games just yet.
Rendon had a setback in early May when an oblique injury occurred while rehabbing his knee.
"His legs are in decent shape, it's not like you're not playing all winter, but nonetheless there's some start-over feel there because you have to get going again," Williams said. "There's nothing like playing games. There's nothing like getting out there in competition, so that process is underway, and we'll get him to the point where he can go out and start playing some games and see where he's at."
Rendon's absence was felt early on in the season. However, the Nationals have become scorching hot of late, winning 10 of their last 12 games. They're now in first place of the NL East.
This recent surge should allow the Nationals to exercise caution with Rendon's injuries.
Manager Matt Williams said that Rendon is throwing and doing baseball activities, per the Washington Post. He's not ready to hit live pitching yet, however.
Rendon will take it slowly after having to previously start and stop his rehab. He opened the season on the disabled list due to a knee injury then suffered an oblique strain during his previous rehab assignment. The infielder will start taking light grounders at Viera while also throwing and doing light work in the batting cage.
"In recent days, he has been doing strengthening with our physical therapist," manager Matt Williams said. "Now he is going to be off to Florida to start that progression with baseball. So it's a good sign. He feels good to get to the baseball part of it, which is really important stuff for him. It will be a slower process for him. At least he will get a chance to do some stuff."
Rendon's minor league injury rehab assignment for a spring training knee injury has been interrupted by an oblique strain.
Williams told Rendon not to get frustrated by the temporary setback. "It's important for him to be with us long-term," he said, per MASN Sports.
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