Anthony Rendon Exits Angels vs. Orioles with Hamstring Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2021

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, June 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon exited Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles because of left hamstring tightness.

Rendon was 1-for-2 with a walk in the contest prior to exiting, with his hit coming in the form of a solo shot in the bottom of the third. Luis Rengifo replaced Rendon at the hot corner.

After the game, manager Joe Maddon let it be known the team's training staff does not believe Rendon's injury is anything serious.

"It should not be something elongated," Maddon said. "That's the original diagnosis I've been given."

The 31-year-old was the prized jewel of the Angels' 2019 winter, signing a seven-year, $245 million deal to join forces with Mike Trout. He responded by playing 52 games in 2020's COVID-19 shortened season, hitting .286 with nine homers, 31 RBI, 29 runs and a .915 OPS. 

Translated to a 162-game season, Rendon would have settled around 28 homers and 96 RBI. Solid production. 

He entered Sunday's action hitting .237/.325/.367 with five homers and 33 RBI through his first 57 games.  

Injuries have played a factor in Rendon's 2021 season, however, with a left knee contusion costing him time in May after he hit a foul ball off his leg. Luckily, X-rays on his knee came back negative, meaning a potentially bad injury was a more minor one.

"It did not look good live—he hit himself pretty good," manager Joe Maddon told reporters at the time. "You see guys get hit like that, you think a lot of different things."

He also missed time in April with a left groin strain. 

Rendon's hamstring injury is the latest blow to an Angels lineup that is missing key bats. Both Mike Trout (calf) and Justin Upton (back) are currently on the injured list.