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Nats put Goodwin on DL, recall Stevenson

Rendon: 'There's no point in rushing' back after fouling ball off toe
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NEW YORK -- The Nationals placed Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Monday. Let's just say the outfielder plans on returning the moment his time on the list is up.

"If they had a five-day [DL], I'd go on that," Goodwin said before Tuesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field.

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NEW YORK -- The Nationals placed Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Monday. Let's just say the outfielder plans on returning the moment his time on the list is up.

"If they had a five-day [DL], I'd go on that," Goodwin said before Tuesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field.

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Goodwin was filling in for the injured Adam Eaton in left when he bruised his left wrist diving for a ball in the outfield against the Braves at Nationals Park last Wednesday. After that, he was limited to just one pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday against the Rockies, and Goodwin struck out. He said the wrist did hurt then.

"But I didn't swing, so it wasn't too bad," Goodwin said.

He still needed to be sold on the DL move.

"It took a lot of convincing because he wants to play, obviously," manager Dave Martinez said. "But we said the best thing for him is to take the days off, and let's get this thing right so he comes back and he's 100 percent."

Video: WSH@ATL: Goodwin dives to make a run-saving catch

Goodwin was batting .250, going 6-for-24 with a homer, eight RBIs and two steals. In the end, he understood the team's desire for him to take some downtime.

"I think that's why we made the move, because we were expecting it to kind of move along pretty quick, but it sounds like it just needs a little more time," Goodwin said. "This will be a way to do that and not continuously irritate it in the cage and working during my everyday routine."

To replace Goodwin, Washington called up outfielder Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Syracuse. Stevenson was off to a slow start in Triple-A, batting .138 with a homer and four RBIs in eight games. He also batted just .158 over 57 at-bats in 37 games and two stints with the Nats last season.

But Stevenson is a career .277 hitter with 73 stolen bases in 295 Minor League games, and he had a solid Spring Training, batting .250 with four doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in 25 Grapefruit League games.

Video: HOU@WSH: Stevenson crushes a solo homer in the 9th

"I like the way he swings the bat, his speed, his defense," Martinez said. "He's a good young player."

Rendon update
Martinez doesn't expect Anthony Rendon to join Goodwin on the DL. The third baseman bruised his left big toe when he fouled a ball off it last Friday. He missed the next three games and remained out of the starting lineup on Tuesday.

"He's progressing, very slow, but he feels better," Martinez said. "[Monday], he actually was out, had his spikes on, walked around. That was good news."

Asked on a scale of a 1-10 what the pain level was when he fouled that ball off, Rendon said, "It was a good one. There's no point in rushing right now." 

Video: COL@WSH: Rendon fouls ball off foot, exits game later

Zimmerman's slow start
Ryan Zimmerman was off to a slow start, bringing a .111/.186/.204 slash line with a homer and five RBIs in 17 games into Tuesday's tilt. But the 33-year-old first baseman is handling it well.

"He's been great," Martinez said. "He really has. He's a professional. The other day, I joked around with him. I pulled up some information. I told him that he was in the top three in exit velo off the bat in the Major Leagues. At the bottom, I had an asterisk. I said he was No. 1 in hard-hit balls. So keep swinging. So he started laughing. He'll get going. I know he will.

"He's swinging the bat really well. One hit here, one hit there, and he'll be in good shape."

Zimmerman's sole Grapefruit League game came on March 2. The rest of his spring swinging was done on back fields.

"The biggest concern about him not participating in games in Spring Training was everybody felt he was hurt, and that wasn't the case," Martinez said. "We were just trying to keep him healthy so he could play Opening Day and not have any setbacks. And he's done that so far."

Brian Heyman is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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