Second-year Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams told reporters on Wednesday morning that 24-year-old Nats' third baseman Anthony Rendon was being scratched from the lineup with swelling in his left knee. The issue, Williams explained, was the result of a diving play during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Atlanta Braves.
Rendon dove to his left to make a play on a hard-hit grounder, popped up and made a strong throw to first where new Nationals' first baseman Ryan Zimmerman scooped it up.
Rendon worked out and was penciled into the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game, but was scratched.
"'He worked through his day yesterday, but he’s a little bit sore,'" Williams told reporters, including the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes.
"'On the inside of his knee, he took a pretty hard dive out there. The infields are hard. No issues other than a bruise. Good to go in a day or so.'"
Two days later, however, the Nationals have now made a more detailed announcement, with the Nats' manager telling reporters this morning that Rendon will miss a few more days with what is described as a "very mild sprain" of his left MCL:
#Nats Manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon will need a few more days to rest his left knee. Very mild sprain.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 13, 2015
MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweeted this morning that Williams said it's a mild MCL sprain:
As 106.7 the FAN and 99.1 WNEW's Craig Heist wrote on Twitter, Williams thinks Rendon should be back at it in the next week or so:
Williams on Rendon, "It is what it is but we just want to take care of it and in the next week or so he will get back playing." #Nats— Craig Heist (@cheistsports) March 13, 2015
Rendon joins Yunel Escobar (oblique), Jayson Werth (rehabbing shoulder) and Denard Span (core muscle surgery) on the list of injured Nationals this Spring.