Anthony Rendon sees Dr. James Andrews for second opinion on ailing knee

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While it looks like the Nationals dodged a bullet with closer Drew Storen today, third baseman Anthony Rendon remains a question mark.

Rendon suffered what was termed as a minor MCL sprain in his left knee on March 9 and Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that he saw Dr. James Andrews earlier today for a second opinion. No word yet on the diagnosis, but Rendon continues to feel discomfort while doing lateral movements and it’s pretty much a given at this point that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list.

“We’ll see what the doc says, and we’ll take it from there,” general manager Mike Rizzo said following the Nationals’ exhibition game against the Cardinals. “Let’s see if it’s a concern when we hear back from the doctor.”

As Zuckerman notes, MCL injuries generally don’t require surgery, but he could be looking at an extended absence depending on what Andrews advises. Danny Espinosa will likely get the first crack at the starting third base job, which is quite a downgrade from Rendon’s MVP-level production last year.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

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Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.