During Monday’s spring training game against the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon injured his left knee as he attempted to make a diving play. Rendon was diagnosed with a sprained MCL. Fortunately, for the Nationals, it does not appear as if the injury will sideline the National’s infielder for an extended period of time.

Although the diagnosis does not appear to be serious, the Nationals will give Rendon as much rest as he needs in order to be ready for Opening Day. With some early injuries in spring training camp, the Nationals are being cautious with some of their young stars. With three weeks until Opening Day, the club has ample time to make sure their entire lineup will be as healthy as possible for the regular season. After spending some of 2014 playing second base, Rendon is fully entrenched as the Nationals everyday third baseman, and they need him firing on all cylinders if their World Series aspirations are to be realized.

In his first full season with the big league club, the 24-year-old had a breakout season, posting a slash line of .287/.351/.473 in 153 games. Along with his slash line, Rendon also hit 21 home runs and had 83 RBIs, which was good enough to win him the 2014 National League Silver Slugger Award at third base.

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