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.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.