Angels are the third base man Anthony Rendon The team announced that he will undergo surgery on his right wrist next week. The measure will sideline Rendón until the end of the 2022 season.
Rendón spent two weeks on the injured list with a sore wrist earlier this season, and has missed the last two games after the problem re-exacerbated. Angels manager Phil Nevin hinted that Rendon was a poignant possibility as recently as yesterday, so today’s news comes as an unwelcome surprise, and an indication that further testing has revealed a more serious problem with Rendon’s wrist.
This will mark the second consecutive season that has been cut short by surgery for Rendon, as he underwent hip surgery last August that prematurely ended the 2021 season. That year was already shortened by multiple trips to IL for hip, knee, and hamstring injuries, with Rendon’s hip ultimately shouldering the brunt as he tried to make up for those other lower-body problems.
Rendon would finish the season with a slash of .228/.324/.383 and five home runs over 188 board appearances. While this still runs above-average offensive production (106 wRC+), it is well below Rendon’s record level thus far during his heyday with the Nationals, or even in his first Angels season in 2020. Since the start of the campaign 2021, Rendon only hit .235/.327/.383 in 437 playoff points, playing in just 103 games.
The Angels Rendon signed a seven-year free agent deal worth $245 million in December 2019, and aside from Rendon’s strong performance in the shortened 2020 campaign, this deal is already showing signs of joining the contracts of Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Justin Upton in recent Angels history. To expensive errors. Rendon still has four more years to get the deal done, of course, but he turned 32 earlier this month and has now lost two seasons under his belt.
More is coming…