Anthony Rendon’s rehab from a sprained MCL in his left knee has hit what could be considered at least a temporary snag, as Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that he was scratched from a minor league rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg today after feeling “fatigue” during afternoon workouts.
Rendon injured his knee on a diving play at third base in early March. He finally began a minor league rehab assignment on Friday and played in back-to-back games, but had a scheduled day off yesterday. The Nationals mapped out a plan that could have had him make his season debut as soon as Thursday against the Mets, but that’s on hold for now.
Rendon, 24, batted .287/.351/.473 with 21 home runs, 83 RBI, and 17 stolen bases last season. He’s expected to see playing time between second base and third base upon his return.
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.