Anthony Rendon’s odds of being ready for Opening Day are “pretty slim”

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Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon remains sidelined by a sprained MCL in his left knee and he’s just about run out of time to be ready for Opening Day.

The good news is that an MRI exam showed no structural damage, but his knee remains sore and Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com writes that his “chances of being ready Opening Day at this point are pretty slim.”

Rendon was injured on March 9 and is said to have made improvement, although initially the Nationals indicated that they thought it was a 2-3 day injury.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.