The Washington Nationals have been without their All-Star third baseman since mid-April, when Ryan Zimmerman hit the disabled list with a broken thumb. In his place, 23-year-old Anthony Rendon has played admirably at the hot corner, hitting .267/.315/.444 with five home runs and 25 RBI.
As Zimmerman continues to work his way back, he has been spotted shagging fly balls in the outfield. Could the Nats move their star third baseman to left field? Manager Matt Williams joined Jim Memolo and Todd Hollandsworth on First Pitch and addressed that question:
You know, Ryan is a Gold Glove third baseman. With that being said, we certainly want him to play the place where he plays best. On the other hand, I want his bat in the lineup. So are there potentially situations that could come up? Yes, but we’ll have to make those decisions on an everyday basis once he comes back and once he’s ready to go. I see him playing third. Could he spell playing in the outfield? Yeah. Could he play at first? Yeah. Those things could happen, but right now that’s not our plan.
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