Adding insult to the Angels’ 7-3 loss against the Rays on Monday was the injury to Anthony Rendon. The third baseman fouled a ball off his left knee in the eighth inning and could not finish his at-bat while also needing assistance getting off the field.
Angels: Just as he was beginning to heat up, Anthony Rendon is listed as day-to-day.
The timing couldn’t be worse for the Halos who just placed relievers Mike Mayers and Tony Watson on the injured list in the last 48 hours. That’s not to say Rendon could miss significant time, but he’s certainly one of the most important pieces in the Angels’ lineup.
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Rendon recently came back from a groin injury after playing in just eight of the team’s first 20 games this season. After a bit of a slow start, Rendon was beginning to heat up, going 7-for-19 with eight RBI and two home runs in his last four games. Overall Rendon is slashing .276/.348/.566 with three homers and 11 RBI in 15 games.
There’s no question Rendon makes this team better on offense, but he’s just as critical to the team’s defensive success. Through 27 games, the Angels have the second-most errors in the majors (25) with four of those miscues coming from third base. Luis Rengifo and Jose Rojas have each committed two errors while filling in for Rendon in his absence.
If Rendon is forced to miss time, it’s likely Rojas will continue playing at the hot corner. It’s not been a good start for the hometown kid, who’s posted a .171 batting average and .537 OPS with no home runs or RBI in 45 plate appearances.
The Angels have lacked production from their depth thus far. At some point this team needs to consider upgrading the supporting cast for the moments like these with star players either injured or needing a break.
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With the minor-league season set to begin this week, I think it won’t be long before we see guys like Matt Thais and Taylor Ward get their opportunities in the big leagues should the Angels bench continue to struggle.