Anthony Rendon’s left knee remains sore two full weeks after suffering a sprained MCL that the Nationals initially thought would be a 2-3 day injury.
James Wagner of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals plan to give the All-Star third baseman more rest, but there’s no official timetable for his return and “Rendon may run out of time to be ready for Opening Day.”
Rendon played 153 games last year in his first full season, replacing Ryan Zimmerman as the Nationals’ everyday third baseman and emerging as one of the league’s best all-around players by hitting .287 with 21 homers, 17 steals, and an .824 OPS to go with stellar defense at age 24.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.