Anthony Rendon's status for opening day in doubt

Baseball A preseason favorite to win the World Series, the Nationals may be sta

rting the season without their star third baseman.According to The Washington Post, Anthony Rendon underwent another MRI Tuesday which showed that the MCL in his left knee is healing but still sprained. MORE: Fantasy 3B rankings | Bold predictions for Nationals | Opening day schedule for all 30 teams“I think opening day’s in jeopardy,” manager Matt Williams told reporters. “At this point, it’s in jeopardy, because he hasn’t been able to do the baseball activity." Rendon initially hurt his knee March 9 while making a diving play on a ball. An MRI exam on March 12 indicated last season's breakout star had suffered a mild sprain.“It wasn’t a staggering pain but it was still there and still lingering,” Rendon said about testing his knee Tuesday. “There was no point in pushing it right now and possibly going back to square one. So we might as well fix it right now instead of later.”Last season the 24-year-old hit .287/.351/.473 with 21 homers and 17 steals.Utility man Kevin Frandsen and non-roster invitee Ian Stewart are among the candidates to fill in for Rendon. Former starting second baseman Danny Espinosa is also getting work at third base.

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