Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Angels. His bat cooled off a little in late July, and Rendon had a .143/.256/.200 slash line over a 12-game stretch prior to this past weekend's series with the Giants, but he seems to be snapping out of it with six hits in his last four games. Don't be surprised if the 27-year-old catches fire again to close out the regular season.
Rendon (illness) is back in the starting lineup Friday, batting sixth and playing third base, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Rendon sat out Thursday's win against Miami due to flu-like symptoms, though he did make an appearance as a pinch hitter. Regardless, it appears the All-Star third baseman is good to go for this weekend's homestand with the Giants, where he'll be looking to break out of a 2-for-25 slump this month.
Manager Dusty Baker said he will give Rendon the day off Thursday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Rendon has apparently been battling an illness recently -- which may help explain his 1-for-12 stretch over his previous four games -- so Baker will give him Thursday's series finale off to help him recover. Howie Kendrick will likely play third base in his stead, though at this point it doesn't sound like Rendon will miss more than one game.
Rendon is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Adrian Sanchez will take over at third base and bat eighth against right-hander Jose Urena. Until there's something to suggest otherwise, this should be considered a routine day off for Rendon following 19 consecutive starts. Rendon got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but he's been one of the best hitters in baseball since the beginning of May (.331/.443/.645 with 18 homers and a 48:36 BB:K in his last 73 games).
Rendon went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Thursday's shellacking of the Brewers. His magnificent July continues, as the 27-year-old now has a .406/.519/.750 slash line on the month with five homers, 12 runs and 18 RBI in 19 games. It's taken him a few seasons, but a healthy Rendon has now emerged as one of baseball's elite third basemen.
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