Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon will likely be positioned on the 10-day injured checklist previous to Saturday’s game towards the Blue Jays, manager Joe Maddon stated Friday night time. An MRI revealed the problem in Rendon’s wrist, however there was in any other case no structural harm.
Rendon suffered the damage whereas taking a swing in Thursday’s game, and he didn’t play in Friday night time’s contest between the Jays and Angels. Tyler Wade stepped in because the beginning third baseman, and with Rendon sidelined, it could seem to be Wade and Matt Duffy would type a platoon on the sizzling nook till Rendon is able to return. Within the minors, Jack Mayfield is at Triple-A and on the 40-man roster, so he’s most likely the likeliest candidate to obtain a call-up so the Halos can replenish their infield depth.
After lacking a lot of the 2021 season resulting from hamstring, groin and knee issues, Rendon has bounced again this 12 months to hit .242/.335/.403 with 5 home runs over his first 173 plate appearances. This manufacturing interprets to a 116 OPS+ and 118 wRC+ — nonetheless solidly above common, if under the celebrity numbers Rendon posted with the Nationals and in his first season (2020) in Anaheim. It might be that one of the best is but to return for Rendon this season, as his .358 xwOBA is nicely forward of his .329 wOBA.
The Angels have been one of many league’s better-hitting groups, although the damage bug has began to chew some key bats. Rendon’s journey to the IL is essentially the most impactful of those accidents, as Taylor Ward returned to the lineup Friday after lacking just a few video games with a stringer. Shohei Ohtani wasn’t in Friday night time’s lineup resulting from a sore again, although the two-way star was capable of pinch-hit.