Washington Nationals News: Rehab assignment next for Anthony Rendon

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! As you enjoy tonight’s game against the Cubs, get caught up on all the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s John Jackson provides an update on Anthony Rendon, who remains on the disabled list. As Jackson notes, Rendon is progressing nicely in his rehab this time around and could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Friday.

Needless to say, this is great news for Rendon and the Nationals. The ball club has been without Rendon all season long, and considering that he was the team’s best player last season, he’ll give this already red-hot team a big boost once he returns to the lineup.

Of course, given how Rendon’s rehab has been this season, Nationals fans won’t rest easy until he’s officially back in the big league lineup. The original knee injury that he suffered during Spring Training was supposed to keep him out for a few days. Then it turned out the injury was worse than we thought, and he was out for a month. Then we thought he’d be back a few weeks ago, but he hurt his oblique. Now, however, it looks like Rendon is actually on his way back. And once he returns, the hottest team in baseball will be even better.

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Greg Garno discusses Bryce Harper’s impressive showing in early All-Star Game voting. As Garno notes, Harper leads all vote-getters in the National League with a whopping 1,116,582 votes.

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It’s no surprise that Harper has so many votes, and if he continues to play like he’s been playing over the last month, he has a chance to make his second All-Star game start (and third overall appearance) this summer. He hit his 18th homer of the season as I was writing this post, so it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down any time soon.

Be sure to check out the articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Rehab assignment next for Rendon

(John Jackson, MLB.com)

CHICAGO — Infielder Anthony Rendon played five innings of a simulated game on Wednesday, and it appears his next step is to begin a rehab assignment, perhaps as soon as Friday.

“He had a couple of at-bats,” manager Matt Williams said. “He played all innings of defense, which is good. … He didn’t take breaks in between. He stayed out there.

“He did fine and had no issues. It’s a positive sign for him.”

Rendon spent all of his time in the field at second base, confirming that he’ll likely become the regular at the position when he returns to the active roster. Read full article here.

Harper leads NL All-Star Game vote-getters

(Greg Garno, MLB.com)

Already a two-time All-Star, outfielder Bryce Harper leads all vote-getters in the first National League 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results, announced on Wednesday.

Harper, 22, is the only Nationals player to appear in the voting results (top 15 for outfielders, top five for other positions).

Harper has received 1,116,582 votes as he bids for his second career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic, to be played this year in Cincinnati on July 14. He would be the fourth player in franchise history to claim multiple fan-elected starting nods. Read full article here.

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