Anthony Rendon to undergo hip surgery at the end of the season
Los Angeles announced this afternoon that Anthony Rendon will undergo end-of-season surgery to repair a conflict in his right hip. He is on the 60-day injured list. Packy Naughton left-hander was selected from the big league roster in a matching move, with Chris Rodriguez optional at Salt Lake Triple-A to free up space on the active roster. The club expect Rendon to be ready for opening day 2022, reports Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times.
The surgery is the culmination of what has proven to be a very trying season for the All-Star third baseman. Rendon has landed on the injured list three times, running out of time due to groin, knee and hamstring issues. All of these injuries were related to Rendon’s left leg. relay Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
The string of health issues limited Rendon to a total of 249 plaque appearances. His typically stellar output was just average during that time, as the 31-year-old hit .240 / .329 / .382 with six home runs. It was arguably the least productive season of Rendon’s career, far from the elite .310 / .397 / .557 line he posted between 2018-20.
Long-term absences at Rendon and Mike Trout contributed to another mediocre season for the Angels despite an MVP-caliber year from Shohei Ohtani. The 53-54 Halos are 6.5 games behind Track and Field for last place in the American League playoffs, with the Yankees, Mariners, Blue Jays and Indians also leading the standings. Their playoff chances are reduced to a paltry 1.1%, in FanGraphs’ guess, and losing Rendon will only make a miraculous second half all the more unlikely. In all likelihood, Anaheim is destined for a seventh straight year without a playoff game.
A return to health and pre-plate form from Rendon will be key to the Angels’ hopes of competing in 2022. With Trout, Ohtani, Rendon and Jared Walsh in the fold, the club undoubtedly hope to attempt a new one. times the competition. next season. Rendon signed a seven-year, $ 245 million free agent contract in the 2019-20 offseason, so he will stay in the fold for a while. Under his deferral contract, Rendon will earn $ 36 million next season, followed by successive salaries of $ 38 million from 2023 to 2026.
While Naughton surely wouldn’t have liked his promotion to happen under these circumstances, he is set to make his big league debut. The 25-year-old began his career as a ninth round draft with the Virginia Tech Reds in 2017. He was returned to the Angels last summer as part of outfielder Brian Goodwin’s return. Naughton spent the 2021 campaign with Salt Lake, working at a 5.23 ERA in 51 2/3 innings in an extremely hitter-friendly league. While knocking out 21.5% of below par, the southpaw walked just 5.7% of hitters faced, a common theme throughout his minor league career.