March 07, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) at bat during the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Anthony Rendon Injury Update: Conflicting Reports Regarding Prospect's Return

2011 first round draft pick Anthony Rendon has told the Houston Chronicle that he doesn't expect to return to action this season. The Nationals beg to differ.

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Anthony Rendon Injury Update: Conflicting Reports On Whether Rendon Will Return This Season

Now that Bryce Harper is doing some damage with the big boys, Anthony Rendon is the highest rated prospect in the Nationals organization. But he fractured his ankle early in this season and while he continues to rehab the injury, we aren't sure exactly what his timeline for a return is. First, Rendon told the Houston Chronicle that he would not be returning this year.

"I’m probably not going to come back this year," Rendon said Monday while attending Rice practice at Reckling Park. "It wouldn’t make any sense to come back and play the last month and try and do something big."

Then the Nationals made a comment that seems to indicate they expect Rendon to return to the field this year, and with a significant amount of the season left to boot; according to Byron Kerr at MASN.

When told of the Houston Chronicle report, a Nationals spokesperson said that Rendon has had no setbacks and is on schedule for a late July or August return. Nothing has changed in the status of Rendon's ankle, and he is continuing his rehab from the injury. The team expects Rendon back before the end of the season.

Rendon has a history of injuries, so it isn't smart to rush him back. But I think the Nationals need to get Rendon on the same page with their plan so there aren't any more conflicting stories about this.

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Anthony Rendon Injury Update: Prospect Expected To Play This Year, According To Report

Just over a month ago Washington Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon injured his ankle running the bases for Class A Potomac. Originally thought to be a strain, it was ultimately determined Rendon suffered a small fracture of the ankle. The team had hoped Rendon could return before the end of the season, and that now appears to be the case.

Via ESPN's Buster Olney:

Rendon was the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft and is widely considered to be Washington's top prospect behind Bryce Harper.

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Anthony Rendon Injury Update: Nationals Prospect Has Partial Fracture Of Ankle

The Nationals are just six games into the new season and they are already having a lot of problems with injuries. They've experienced it at the Major League level and also in the minors. Anthony Rendon, one of their top prospects in the minor league system, suffered an ankle injury in his first game as a professional. It was assumed to be a sprain at the time, but now it appears that Rendon has actually suffered a small fracture.

Fracture certainly sounds worse than sprain, but it is also possible that a injury to the bone that could heal would be better than an injury to a tendon or ligament that could then be more susceptible to future injuries.

It is important to note that this is the left ankle, while injuries to the right ankle cost Rendon much of his last season at Rice. It is probably promising for his rehab that the injury happened to an ankle that he did not previously have a history with, but persistent ankle injuries is never a good sign. There is no time table for when Rendon might be able to get back into action, but I'm sure the Nationals will be taking things very slowly with one of their prized prospects.

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Anthony Rendon Injury Update: Nationals Prospect Has Sprained Ankle, According To Report

Washington Nationals 2011 first round draft pick Anthony Rendon, playing for Class A Potomac, injured himself in a loss to Lynchburg on Saturday, and it appears the third baseman has a sprained ankle. Via Bill Ladson:

Rendon has an injury history, suffering from shoulder troubles in the past and twice injuring his right ankle, most recently breaking the ankle in 2010. Though this is the left ankle, Washington fans and management need to hope the injury-prone ways of Rendon's past do not linger.

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Washington Nationals Prospect Anthony Rendon Injures Ankle, According To Report

In just his third game with the Nationals Class A affiliate Potomac, 2011 top pick Anthony Rendon has suffered an injury.

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