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Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman, send Anthony Rendon back to minors

May 3, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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Now that Ryan Zimmerman is ready to come off the disabled list the Nationals are sending 22-year-old Anthony Rendon back to the minors.

Rendon started eight games at third base in place of Zimmerman and got on base at a .367 clip despite showing little power. Because of injuries Rendon played a grand total of just 57 games in the minors before getting his first taste of the majors, but the former No. 6 overall pick looks just about MLB-ready.

The problem is that he’s a third baseman and Zimmerman is signed through 2019. Rendon has also seen a little action at second base, but it’s unclear if the Nationals would trust him defensively as a regular there and they also have a solid enough starter at the position in 26-year-old Danny Espinosa.

But if Zimmerman stays healthy and the Nationals don’t trade Rendon, where does he fit into their plans? Rendon hit .292 with a .454 on-base percentage in 13 games at Double-A before being summoned to fill in for Zimmerman and Espinosa is off to a brutal, .173-hitting start, so maybe the dots aren’t that difficult to connect.

  1. goskinsvt - May 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    People are saying Zim at 3rd until LaRoche is gone in 2 years, then move him to 1st and have Rendon take over. Makes sense to me.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 3, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Considering Zims approach to throwing to 1st and related (imo) shoulder injuries, I think the Nats would be better off moving Zim to 1st in the long run as well.

    • paperlions - May 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Considering LaRoche’s age, and that last year was the best he had hit in a long time….I wouldn’t be surprised if they made that move sooner and moved LaRoche to the bench or in trade.

  2. insidefastball - May 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    It is still early, so Zimmerman should land on the DL at least once more before the all-star break.

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