Anthony Rendon’t: LA Angels Would-Be Star Hurt Yet Again

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Another year and another injury for Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon. On Friday, June 17, the Angels announced that Rendon will have season-ending wrist surgery after getting hit by a pitch against the Dodgers on June 14.

Since joining the Angels, fans have yet to see the Rendon of the Washington Nationals. In 2022, he had a slash line of .228/.324/.383 with five home runs in 45 games.

Past Injuries and His Time with the Angels

Rendon signed with the Angels in December of 2019 and has sadly been injury-riddled. He signed a seven-year, $245 million-dollar contract. Perhaps because of COVID-19 and the abbreviated schedule, Rendon was not able to acclimate himself and never really got going. This was thought to be an anomaly, and many predicted that 2021 would be a return to normalcy for the all-star.

However, that was not the case. In 2021, Rendon played 58 games because of injuries to his groin, knee, hamstring, and hip problems. In those 58 games, his slash line was .240/.329/.382 with six home runs and 34 runs batted in.

With all these injuries it is hard to side with the previous general manager, Billy Eppler, on the signing when it was known that the Angels needed pitching.

Who Will Replace Rendon?

As of publication, Rendon’s replacement has been veteran Matt Duffy. Duffy is an honorable substitute who has been on a few teams throughout his career. His 2022 slash line is a .261/.308/.291 with no home runs and five runs batted in. With more opportunities, Duffy will have an opportunity to improve his stat line. His best year was in 2015, when he hit .295 with 12 home runs and 77 runs batted in. A productive Duffy might be what it takes to reverse some recent Angels misfortunes.

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