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.