Anthony Rendon will begin the season on the disabled list

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The good news for Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is that all three doctors who examined his injured left knee agreed that it was “only” a sprained MCL.

The bad news is that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list and there’s no official timetable yet for his return to the active roster.

Rendon injured the knee on March 9 and the Nationals initially expected him to miss just a few days. Danny Espinosa figures to replace him in the lineup and the Nationals will also be without center fielder Denard Span and left fielder Jayson Werth early on.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.