Nationals Recall Anthony Rendon, Send Ryan Zimmerman To DL

Today was quite a day for Nationals baseball. After an up-and-down game for the team that ultimately culiminated in a 7-6 victory over the Mets, the Nationals officially sent Ryan Zimmerman to the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring issue and recalled top prospect Anthony Rendon. 

You may recall that it was Zimmerman's shoulder issues last April that resulted in Bryce Harper's call up, and that turned out pretty well for the Nats. In 14 games early this season in Double-A Harrisburg, Rendon has an impressive .292/.462/.500 slash line with two home runs.

The only reason it makes sense for Rendon to be called up here is to be the every day starter at third base. He is in the stage of his career where he needs to rack up at bats. Both Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo have stated that Rendon will likely be sent back down to the minors once Zimmerman is healthy enough to rejoin the team.

It also means you'll probably be able to see Rendon start on Monday when the Nats get back to DC to face the Cardinals in a series that will draw on lots of 2012 emotions for many Nats fans. Sounds like a good day to get to the ballpark.

Joe Drugan

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