Nationals place Anthony Rendon on 10-day IL

Chris Lingebach
April 30, 2019 - 3:03 pm
Nationals place Anthony Rendon on 10-day Injured List

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The Nationals placed third baseman Anthony Rendon on the 10-day Injured List with a left elbow contusion and selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Rendon has missed seven games since being hit by a pitch on the left elbow in Miami on April 20, and three games since trying to give it a go in a game against the Padres on Friday. Rendon felt sore afterwards and was not in the lineup the following day.

"I kind of figured after not playing for five or six days then all of a sudden playing," said Nats manager Dave Martinez on Saturday. "He got smoked. So, I figured he'd be a little sore."

The downside of Rendon remaining on the roster until now but not being in the lineup is it left the Nationals short-handed on the field for the last 10 days.

"Playing with a short deck when you're not very good anyway right now is a bad business decision," 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen said Tuesday railing against the indecision. "They do it all the time.

"Guys get banged up or hurt, they wait several days and then they found out, 'Oh wait, he does have a broken bone. Oh wait, something's wrong we didn't know about. Oopsie, we're gonna put him on the injured list now.'"

Placing Rendon on the IL now – retroactive to Saturday, April 27 – makes him eligible to return Tuesday, May 7 at the earliest.

Jennings, 32, is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three relief appearances (3.2 innings) at Double-A Harrisburg since signing a minor-league deal with the Nats on April 15. He recorded two strikeouts, issued no walks and surrendered one run on four hits in those appearances.

Jennings spent 2018 with the Brewers, going 4-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 72 appearances (64.1 innings).

The Nationals also designated right-handed pitcher Austin Adams for assignment.

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