With third baseman Anthony Rendon destined to begin the season on the disabled list with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, the Washington Nationals are continuing to seek medical opinions as they develop a plan for his treatment and eventual return. Rendon visited with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, and will today be evaluated by Dr. Steve Singleton.
“Every player has the option to go see somebody that they want to see, too, so we sent him to Andrews for the second (opinion),” said Nationals manager Matt Williams. “He’s going to see Dr. Singleton today in Vail to get his thoughts, as well. We’re just trying to make sure we cover all bases and everybody gets a chance to take a look at it and develop a course of action from today on. So far, the two doctors that have seen him and reviewed it have said the same thing. We’ll see what Dr. Singleton says today.”
Rendon has not played since injuring the knee making a diving stop in a Spring Training game against the Braves on March 9. Rendon has undergone several MRI’s since the injury, and both medical opinions have not differed in their diagnosis. The sprained knee is seen as a week-to-week injury, and will not require surgery. Rendon has felt the most discomfort in the batter’s box, as the strained knee affects his plant leg.
“He does feel it on rotation, and that’s a big part of everybody’s game, that rotation,” said Williams. “Especially on the front knee. Again, we just have to make sure we’re taking the right steps. Everybody’s taking a look at it to develop that course of action, and give their opinion.”
With Rendon out, Williams has auditioned infielder Danny Espinosa at third. Yunel Escobar has also volunteered to take reps at third base during Rendon’s absence. Espinosa has not seen any big league action at the position, while Escobar has not played there since the 2007 season during which he played 22 games at third for the Braves.