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Nokes: Nats send Rendon to 10-Day IL 10 days after he was injured. Huh?

Danny Nokes
April 30, 2019 - 5:09 pm

Anthony Rendon is off to an incredibly hot start here in 2019.

He's batting .356 with 6 HR and 18 RBIs. Along with some of the Gold-Glove type plays he's made in the field, there's no question he's been an early candidate for NL MVP.

Rendon has been especially productive when you consider former National and former NL MVP Bryce Harper left D.C. in the offseason.

So when Rendon was hit by a pitch back on Saturday, April 20 in a game against the Miami Marlins, Nats fans collectively dropped their heads into their hands.

Rendon's 17-game hit streak was snapped as he was hit in the elbow and did not return to the game. The expectation was that Rendon would head to the Injured List shortly after the game.

The Nationals already have two key players on the IL: Trea Turner and Ryan Zimmerman. Putting a third key player is the last thing Washington needs in a very competitive NL East this season.

Only the Nats did not put Rendon on the 10-Day IL. They didn't put him on the IL at all in hopes that Rendon would be back soon.

Rendon wouldn't play again until a game against the Padres on Friday, 6 days after he was hurt against the Marlins. Rendon hasn't played again and today he was placed on the 10-Day IL; exactly 10 days after he was initially injured.

Now I understand that the Nats didn't want to jump to conclusions and place a crucial player on the IL when they're trying to keep pace in a tough division. But this is not the first time we've seen Washington mishandle an injury.

Our colleague Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in D.C. was on Twitter last night and pointed out this is not the first time the Nats have done this:

Paulsen also made a good point as to why Washington's decision making throughtout this process has been so head-scratching:

The season is far too young to be risking the health of a star player.

My biggest takeaway from the Nationals' 2019 season? The same thing it was in 2018. The Nats are their own worst enemy and continue to hold themselves back.