Bill Ladson

Rendon takes another step forward in rehab process

Rendon takes another step forward in rehab process

BOSTON -- Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is making progress as far as trying to get back on the field. According to manager Matt Williams, Rendon threw 100 feet and didn't have an issue with his left knee. Rendon also had dry swings and tee-ball swings. Williams called them very important milestones.

"We'll go from those to soft toss. He threw balls to second base from third and didn't have an issue, so that's a really good sign, too," Williams said. "Now it's about getting him in baseball shape. So we'll be able to progress accordingly."

Rendon has not played in a game since March 9, when he sprained his MCL in his left knee on a diving play against the Braves. Williams indicated that Rendon could play third and second base when he gets back on the field.

Center fielder Denard Span will play seven innings in a Minor League game Monday. After that, the team will decide when he will start his rehab assignment. The Nationals are hoping Span will be back with the team by the end of April.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.