The Washington Times - April 8, 2012, 08:25AM

Washington Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon badly sprained his left ankle Saturday night as he rounded third base in Single-A Potomac’s game in Lynchburg.

The extent of the sprain is not known at this time as they gather more information and wait for the swelling to go down but X-rays were negative and by all accounts it appears the Nationals dodged a bullet that the injury was not worse. Witnesses at the game said Rendon required assistance to leave the field and was not putting any weight on the leg.

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The No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Rendon really only fell to the Nationals at that slot because of injury — a strained shoulder that plagued him throughout his final season at rice and mostly prohibited him from playing the field and sapped some of his power.

But it is his right ankle injuries that most remember.

Rendon tore ligaments in the ankle in 2009, which required surgery, and he was playing for Team USA in the summer of 2010 when suffered a severe ankle break on the basepaths. 

Rendon’s professional career was off to a strong start as the third baseman was 2-for-4 with a triple in his first major league at-bat on Friday and had doubled before the injury occurred on Saturday. 

His sweet swing drew raves from Nationals officials and players alike during his time in major league camp this spring and most expect him to move quickly through the Nationals’ system. 

Once the extent of the injury is determined, we’ll have a more accurate timetable for his return to the field to pass along.