Further tests on the left ankle prospect Anthony Rendon’s badly sprained last week revealed a partial fracture, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday.
“This slight fracture probably heals quicker and cleaner than a bad sprain,” Rizzo said.
The injury won’t end Rendon’s first professional season, according to Rizzo, but continues a string of serious injuries dating to Rendon’s All-America career at Rice.
There’s Rendon’s troublesome right ankle. In 2009, needed surgery to repair torn ligaments in the ankle. A year later, he severely sprained it running the bases.
Last year, a sprained shoulder hampered Rendon’s final season at Rice and allowed the Nationals to nab him with the draft’s sixth overall pick.
The latest setback came Saturday when Rendon rounded third base in Single-A Potomac’s game at Lynchburg.
Now the sweet-swinging Rendon’s ankle is in a boot. On Friday he’ll see a foot and ankle specialist. There’s no timetable for the 21-year-old Rendon’s return.
In other injury news, manager Davey Johnson reported right-hander Chien-Ming Wang’s recovery from a hamstring injury suffered during spring training is going well. Wang has been throwing off the mound and running at the Nationals’ complex in Viera, Fla.
“He’s ahead of the program,” Johnson said. “We anticipate him being back toward the end of this month. So he has had no setbacks. He’s doing great.”