Though he had seen occasional action at third base from time to time, Anthony Rendon had made the mental switch to second base last summer, once he arrived in Washington and found himself with an opportunity to play every day at an unfamiliar position. His defensive work has paid dividends; he has become a quality second baseman in a short amount of time.
But the Nationals have known all along Rendon would be their backup plan at third base, especially if anything happened to Ryan Zimmerman. So the 23-year-old found himself back at the hot corner Sunday afternoon and again Tuesday night, trying to get comfortable playing his old position again.
I guess it works the other way around a little bit easier, because I came from third base,” he said. “It’s still a little bit of an adjustment. But that’s what the game of baseball is, making adjustments.”