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Bill Ladson

Rehabbing Janssen nearing return to Nationals

Right-hander scheduled for two more Double-A appearances; Rendon evaluated in D.C.

Rehabbing Janssen nearing return to Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Casey Janssen, who is on the disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis, will have two more appearances with Double-A Harrisburg before he returns to the big leagues. His next appearance will be Wednesday, and he'll pitch again Saturday.

When he returns to the big leagues, Janssen is expected to be in the back end of the bullpen.

"I think it's more my arm speed," Janssen said. "My arm speed's there. Velocity, I've never been a power pitcher. I think the big leagues will help with the extra mile per hour that they're worried about, if they are worried."

Anthony Rendon, who is doing baseball activities in Viera, Fla., is returning to Nationals Park during the current homestand in order to get an idea of how he is progressing. Rendon currently has an oblique injury.

Rendon is currently throwing, running and taking swings in the batting cage, according to manager Matt Williams.

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