Anthony Rendon has a sprained MCL in his left knee

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Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee, but for now at least the team insists it’s a minor injury that will only sideline him for a few days.

Of course, already this spring we’ve seen plenty of “minor” injuries across baseball quickly prove to be very serious and the Nationals have a lot of banged up position players right now led by Denard Span and his 4-6 recovery timetable for core muscle surgery.

Rendon was one of the best all-around players in the league last season as a 24-year-old in his first full MLB campaign, hitting .287 with 21 homers and an .824 OPS while taking over for Ryan Zimmerman as the starting third baseman.

He was injured on a diving play during Monday’s game.