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Rendon still dealing with chest cold

Mar 23, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Anthony Rendon is unavailable to play for the third straight day due to a severe chest cold, but the second baseman is expected to return well in advance of the Nationals’ March 31 season opener.

Rendon hasn’t played since Thursday, when he came off the bench to replace Ryan Zimmerman at third base against the Tigers. He has been dealing with the same bug that has affected several others in the Nationals’ clubhouse, though his case has gotten worse than any other.

Manager Matt Williams said Rendon is taking antibiotics and was able to go through a light workout this morning at Space Coast Stadium, taking swings in the batting cage, playing catch and jogging. It still could be another couple of days, though, before he’s back in the lineup.

“He’s getting better,” Williams said. “We’ll monitor him every day, but today is better. The doctor said he’s crackling in [his chest], which is a concern. He’ll be good. It’s just going to take some time.”

Williams said he has no reason to believe Rendon won’t be healthy well before Opening Day.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a highly productive spring, hitting .344 with a homer, six RBI and a .921 OPS. Though the Nationals haven’t made any official declaration yet, Rendon is expected to open the season as their starting second baseman, with Danny Espinosa serving as the backup at both second base and shortstop.

  1. positivelyhalfst - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Quick roster update- Adrian Nieto is still with the White Sox, in spite of a number of rounds of cuts. He is one of 3 catchers left in camp, and he is actually starting today’s exhibition game. Worrying about a minor league catcher we lost in the Rule 5 draft is pretty deep Nats geekery, but I know that some of you out there have been wondering about him, too.

    +1/2St.

  2. masterfishkeeper - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Don’t the White Sox have to keep him in the majors all season? Seems extremely unlikely.

    • NatsLady - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Yes, they do. But here are their other two catchers.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/30157/tyler-flowers
      http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/30600/josh-phegley

      Not a high bar.

      • DaveB - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Also, both of those other two are young prospects with options. I can easily see them moving them back and forth between majors & AAA so they both get primary playing time, and keeping Nieto as the backup in the majors all this year so they fully control him for the future.
        The thing that could change that obviously is if the White Sox decide they either need a stronger starter long term, or a more experienced mentor / backup, and so decide to trade for another C (e.g., Cervelli from the Yankees has been mentioned, or I think Miguel Olivo was recently released from the Dodgers & is looking for a ML deal). As it is, they are probably one of the weakest teams in the majors at C, but since they may not have a chance at contending anyway, they might keep him in a rebuilding year.
        So … still pretty likely he comes back at some point this season, but definitely not a lock.

  3. Candide - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Rendon’s probably been drinking too much Florida water. That stuff is nasty scheisse.

    If you’re wondering…

    We’ve all drunk water that tasted of sulfur.
    Garland, Texas, water (Cunegonde’s mom’s home) tastes like someone mixed a teaspoon of dirt into each pint of water.
    And Las Vegas tastes like… jeeze, I don’t know. Nasty stuff. Probably not of this earth, like the rest of Las Vegas.

    But when we were in Florida, it all tasted the same, whether we were at the airport in Orlando or the days Inn in Melbourne, or anywhere in between. Tasted like there was melted plastic mixed into it. Even the apple juice that came out of the machine at the breakfast bar in Melbourne tasted like it, which was all the proof I needed that it was reconstituted from concentrate. The only water that didn’t have that yucky plastic taste was bottled water.

    Rendon is sick? I’m surprised the whole team isn’t.

  4. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    You get a bunch of guys from all over the country (and countries), some of them with young kids, stuff them and their germs into close quarters. No surprise the result is at a lot of colds/flu/upper respiratory stuff going around. Hopefully, they’ll build up their immune systems before going north.

    Get well soon, “Tony!”

  5. Sonny G 10 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    If Rendon is taking antibiotics for a viral cold, he will be breeding super-bugs.

    • Tom - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Only if he doesn’t finish them

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