It seems that the Washington Nationals may be without their most consistent hitter to begin the next season. 

Daniel Murphy underwent surgery in late October in right knee. The purpose of the surgery was to repair some cartilage in his knee​, and his rehab is expected to run through the offseason. 

But it could extend further, threatening his April availability.

While the team is uncertain about Murphy's status for Opening Day, it's important to keep in mind we've got a long way to go until the 2018 season is here. 

If he is still not feeling comfortable when the season is close to a month out, then Nats fans should start to anticipate that their second basemen on March 29 will be Wilmer Difo. 

Daniel Murphy has always been a good hitter; however, he has taken his game to another level since becoming a National. If he misses an extended period of time to begin the season, it's clearly a huge loss for the Nats.