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MLB - US Sports: Disappointing Rendon is injured again

Missing from the Los Angeles Angels lineup on Friday was Anthony Rendon and he'll be out for a while.

The 31-year-old felt enough discomfort in his right wrist to submit an MRI exam on Friday, with Rendon being placed on the 15-day injured list and, to make matters worse, the Angels lost 4-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Angels hit by Rendon blow

The Los Angeles Angels are 14/1 to win the World Series and it has been a frustrating two years for Rendon since his World Series winning campaign with the Washington Nationals in 2019.

He is batting only .242 with five home runs in 41 games a year after batting .240 with six home runs in 58 games before hip surgery ended his season in July. That was his third stint on the injured list in 2021 and this is his first in 2022.

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Rendon will be the Angels' highest-paid player through 2026, making $38.5million each of his next four years, according to Baseball Reference.

Maddon offers support

In seven seasons with the Nationals, which included that World Series victory, Rendon batted .290 with 136 home runs and 546 RBI’s.

Angels' team manager Joe Maddon said to Yahoo Sports: "He (Rendon) is coming off surgery and it's pretty significant. So you've got to be mindful of all that stuff. I think as long as we are aware, we give him rest appropriately, we have a better chance of seeing that. If we want to just run him into the ground, probably not."

The talented, but misfiring Angels lineup, which includes Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, needs to start producing more.

While they are only 2.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West table, they would need to be on top form to beat a consistent Astros unit to the title.

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