Apr 21, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on the field before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: Rizzo Enjoys Chicago Return, Desmond and Werth Not Overworked


Start off your weekend with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:

Dreams revisited: Rizzo enjoys Chicago return

(Joe Popely, MLB.com)

CHICAGO — Mike Rizzo’s initial childhood dream was never realized, but he’s pretty happy with the consolation prize.

“I used to see myself playing shortstop here for the Cubs,” Rizzo said. “I guess your dreams and your fantasies adjust as time goes on. Sitting in those bleachers and in the grandstands, I used to think all the time about being a Cub and playing in Wrigley Field.” Read full article here.

Williams: Desmond, Werth not overworked

(Joe Popely, MLB.com)

CHICAGO – Ian Desmond generally does his best to avoid conversations with manager Matt Williams that involve taking a day off. Desmond played in 154 games in both 2010 and ’11, and 158 in 2013.

Desmond has played in 77 of Washington’s 78 games entering Friday — his only game off came June 5 — but Williams isn’t concerned about his shortstop’s heavy workload.

“I look at it, and I see him playing in the infield and getting to balls, that’s the indicator to me,” Williams said. “His legs aren’t heavy, he’s moving around OK, he’s made some great plays in the last week. So that indicates to me that he’s fine, physically.” Read full article here.

Seizing everyday role, Rendon seeks ASG

(Joe Popely, MLB.com)

CHICAGO – Anthony Rendon made quite an impression in 2013, when he played in 98 games for the Nationals. Given a full season, he’s turning even more heads this year.

Last season, Rendon came up from the Minor Leagues in late April but only stayed until May 2. He was then recalled for the rest of the season on June 5, and in 351 at-bats, hit .265 with seven homers and 35 RBIs while playing primarily second base. Read full article here.

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