JUPITER, Fla. -- Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon received a third opinion on his left knee Tuesday in Vail, Colo., and Dr. Steven Singleton had the same opinion as the previous two doctors: Rendon has a sprained MCL in his left knee.
There is no timetable as to when Rendon will be back on the field. He will start the season on the disabled list. Rendon injured the knee making a diving play against the Braves on March 9.
"It's an injury that is kind of a week-to-week-type injury. When he is feeling better, he can ramp up his baseball activities," manager Matt Williams said. "But it does react differently, but we have to see. The good news is, the [doctor] didn't see anything further than what they originally saw."
With Rendon not available for the start of the season, the Nationals are planning to use Yunel Escobar at third base.
Williams said, as of now, it doesn't look like Jayson Werth (shoulder) will be ready for Opening Day, which is Monday against the Mets. Werth hasn't played in a Major League Spring Training game this year, but he has played in Minor League games. He has yet to play a nine-inning game.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.