Rendon returns to field

Rendon returns to field
July 19, 2012, 6:53 pm
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Top Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon returned to game action today for the first time since breaking his ankle in early April.

Rendon, the sixth overall pick in last summer's draft, started at third base and led off for the rookie league Gulf Coast Nationals. He went 0-for-2, lining out in the first inning and flying out in the third inning.

This was Rendon's first game action since April 7, when in only his second game with Class A Potomac he slipped and fell rounding third base, fracturing his left ankle in the process.

The Nationals had hoped all along the 22-year-old would recover in time to play before season's end. He's technically still on the disabled list and is appearing on a rehab assignment in the GCL, but there's a reasonable chance he could come off the DL and return to play at Potomac before the minor-league regular season ends Sept. 3.