Washington Nationals News: Zimmerman, Rendon continue to progress

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Good afternoon DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Carlos Collazo gives us an update on Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon. As Collazo notes, both players are on the disabled list for the Nationals and it’s unclear when either will return, but both players are progressing well in their recoveries.

Zimmerman is on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. According to Collazo, the first baseman completed a full workout yesterday. Rendon, on the other hand, is limited to batting practice but should continue to amp up his rehab in coming days.

Staying healthy has always been an issue for Zimmerman and Rendon. The former has missed significant time on the disabled list several times in his career, while the latter missed the first two months of this season with knee and oblique injuries. Fortunately, neither player is dealing with a serious injury right now and both should be back at some point in the near future.

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The fact that both players are getting closer to returning to action is great news for the Nationals. Both Zimmerman and Rendon are a key part of the Nationals’ offense, and once both players return, the NL East-leading Nationals will be an even stronger team than they already are. Hopefully for the Nationals, they’ll have both players healthy throughout the second half of the season.

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses how Nationals’ closer Drew Storen tries to stay sharp despite having limited save opportunities in recent weeks.

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

Zimmerman, Rendon continue to progress

(Carlos Collazo, MLB.com)

ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman completed a full workout in Potomac, Va., today with the Nationals Class A Advanced affiliate, while Anthony Rendon is limited to batting practice and is still a few days away from running and taking ground balls.

Zimmerman is on the 15-day disabled list with left foot plantar fasciitis, while Rendon is on the 15-day disabled list with a left quadriceps strain.

“[Zimmerman] did a full workout, so he ran light bases, he took grounders, he did a full batting practice,” said Nationals manager Matt Williams. “He’ll do that again tomorrow and we’ll see where we can go from there, how we can progress.

“He feels good, but it’s still controlled. He hasn’t hit a ground ball to short and had to run full speed to first yet … that’s a telling sign.” Read full article here.

Drew Storen on stressful outings, staying sharp

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

ATLANTA — Saves require stress. By definition, they require a lead of three runs or fewer or that the tying run step into the on-deck circle. A baserunner in a save situation, then, carries the potential for more game-changing damage than he does in the middle innings, because starters are generally not expected to be perfect. But if one or two baserunners reach and score in a save situation, the closer failed. Such is the nature of the business.

Compared to his May run of near-perfection, in which he did not allow a run and held opponents hitless in eight of 13 outings, Drew Storen’s outings have been more stressful lately. He has allowed two hits in three of his past four outings, and five of nine in June. He has converted seven of eight save opportunities in that span, working through the trouble. Read full article here.

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