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Nationals | Anthony Rendon benched again

Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon is sitting the bench again Friday, April 26, after a slow start after being recalled last weekend. "I'm going at it day-by-day, and I don't like to change a winner," Johnson said this afternoon. "Nothing against Anthony Rendon. He's a heck of a player, and he's going to have a great career. But we're in the here and now, and I'm worried about 25 guys. ... That outweighs the need to play a youngster." Rendon has just two hits in 15 at-bats, and he's struck out five times. He also has two errors playing third base. 2B Stephen Lombardozzi seems to be a better fit in the No. 2 hole in the lineup with OF Jayson Werth being dropped to cleanup. The team wants to get Rendon regular at-bats, so he's unlikely to remain on the bench for much longer.

Fantasy Tip: Rendon is a bit overmatched and has looked a bit like a deer caught in headlights since his promotion to the majors. He doesn't have many career at-bats in the minors, either, so he most definitely needs more experience in the minors before being comfortable at the highest level. You should fully expect him to be sent back down when Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) returns from the DL.

2013-04-26 14:47:31 | Source: CSNWashington.com - Mark Zuckerman

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