Good evening 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 Bill Ladson gives us an update on Anthony Rendon, who has been on the disabled list since late June with a left quad strain. According to Ladson, Rendon is making his way back from the injury begins a rehab assignment with Class-A Potomac today.
For the injury-riddled Nationals, this is fantastic news. Rendon has been out for most of the season with a few different injuries, and the fact that he’s working his way back from his most recent injury is a good sign for a team that badly needs his bat in the lineup.
The news of Rendon beginning his rehab assignment comes just a few days after the Nationals announced that Jayson Werth was starting a rehab assignment with Potomac as well. While the Nationals are still a ways away from seeing either Rendon or Werth in the big league lineup and although several other players are still on the disabled list, it looks like the Nationals’ injury situation may be improving in the not-so-distant future.
As Ladson notes in his article, Rendon will play third base during his rehab assignment since his movement is more limited at that position. While third base is Rendon’s natural position, he has played second base for most of his career with the Nationals, including 12 of his 18 games this season. At this point, it’s uncertain what position Rendon will play once he returns from the disabled list, though it’s likely that he will return to second base since Yunel Escobar is firmly entrenched at third.
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Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s James Wagner writes a very interesting article on Drew Storen‘s career-long tradition of keeping the last out from each of his big league saves.
As Wagner notes, Storen—with the help of clubhouse manager Mike Wallace—has kept the baseball from the last out of all of his saves during his big league career. That’s 95 baseballs and counting, and the collection should continue to grow in the 2015 season. Baseball players have many interesting rituals and tradition, and Storen is no exception. Hopefully for Storen, his collection of baseballs will continue to grow throughout his career.
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.
Rendon beginning rehab assignment
Rendon will begin the assignment at third base, because it’s the easiest for him to play, according to Williams. Rendon, who has played the majority of his career games at third, has been at second for 12 of his 18 games in 2015. Read full article here.
With some teamwork, Drew Storen has managed to save his saves
The easiest way to track Drew Storen’s unique career arc as Washington Nationals closer isn’t by watching video or sifting through box scores. Reminders of Storen’s life in the most volatile position in baseball are displayed in his parents’ South Carolina home, or stuffed in white sanitary socks in his Nationals Park locker.
With the help of longtime clubhouse manager Mike Wallace, Storen has kept the final out from every save of his career, all 94 of them. Each marks a different part of Storen’s journey from hard-throwing rookie to savvy veteran. Read full article here.