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As crazy as it might seem, there’s actually some good news on the Nationals injury front this morning that might make the team’s injury situation sound a little less dreary.
In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier discusses Anthony Rendon and Denard Span, both of whom are recovering from injuries. As Collier notes, both players are making progress in their recoveries as Rendon did some light jogging with lateral movements yesterday and Span swung a fungo bat for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery.
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Of course, both players have different injuries with different timelines for recovery. Rendon has a minor sprain in his knee and he could be ready for Opening Day or, at the very least, a mid-April return. Span, on the other hand, will likely miss at least the first month of the regular season.
Nevertheless, it’s great to see both Rendon and Span working their way back from injuries. They were arguably the most important players in the Nationals’ lineup last season, and there’s no doubt they’ll play an equally-important role this year.
Also in today’s Daily, Collier discusses Drew Storen, who pitched in a game yesterday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his non-pitching hand. Needless to say, this is more good news for the Nationals as it looks like their closer will be ready to go for Opening Day.
We’ll continue to monitor the Nationals’ injury situation, so be sure to stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals Spring Training needs.
Rendon tries lateral jogging; Span progressing
VIERA, Fla — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon did some light jogging in right field early Friday morning, with an emphasis on lateral movement to test his sprained left knee.
Rendon, who has been shut down since March 9, feels fine while running straight ahead, but he has been having trouble when moving side to side. It is the next small step for Rendon in his rehab as he attempts to return to the Nationals’ lineup in time for Opening Day. Read full article here.
Storen passes test in return from hand surgery
VIERA, Fla — Nationals closer Drew Storen entered Friday’s 1-1 tie with the Cardinals in the seventh inning, making his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game since he had a minor surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand.
Naturally, the first batter Storen faced, second baseman Kolten Wong, hit a grounder to first base that forced the right-hander to cover first base and test out his left hand.
“Couldn’t script it any better than a P.F.P. ball the first guy up,” Storen said, referring to pitchers’ fielding practice. “So right in the deep end. That was good. I felt good, though.” Read full article here.