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.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.