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Rendon dealing with chest cold, stays in Viera

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is still dealing with a bad chest cold, but he was able to do baseball activities Sunday morning. He was able to long toss and take batting practice before the team left for Port St. Lucie.

There is no timetable as to when Rendon will play in a Grapefruit League or exhibition game, but manager Matt Williams said Rendon will be ready for Opening Day. Rendon is likely the Opening Day second baseman, although Williams declined to name his starting second baseman.

"He is getting better. He had a really bad chest cold. He is being treated with antibiotics. He did a little work today. It's a pretty nasty chest cold," Williams said. "We'll monitor him every day. He stayed back [in Viera]."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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