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The Washington Nationals have ended the Anthony Rendon experiment.
When Rendon was called up on April 20, he knew that he would play with the big club only as long as Ryan Zimmerman was on the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman returned to action on May 3, and Rendon returned to Double-A Harrisburg the same day (via the Washington Post)
While with the Nationals, Rendon had six hits in 25 at-bats with one double, one RBI and two runs scored.
Along with collecting some career milestones—first hit, first RBI, first multi-hit game—Rendon gained some Indispensable knowledge about what it takes to succeed at the major league level (via Jon Cooper of MLB.com):
The game is just played a lot smarter up here. Everyone is pretty much on the same level talent-wise but the way the game is played, they'll pitch this pitch instead of that pitch or they'll take something off or they'll play this position over on this hitter. They just play a lot smarter up here. It's going to make a great difference if I do happen to come back. The comfort level is going to be a lot higher now. Obviously, the more things that you do, the more ABs you get, the more times you play, you get more comfortable at it. It helped a lot.
Not if, but when Rendon returns to the Nationals, he will be a smarter baseball player. He's already a very talented one. And the Nationals will welcome him back with open arms for a strong push to the postseason.