The Angels announced they’ve placed third baseman Anthony Rendon on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 5, with a left hamstring strain. Utilityman Jack Mayfield has been recalled to take his active roster spot. Los Angeles also announced that outfielder Scott Schebler, who had been designated for assignment, has cleared outright waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake.
This will mark the third IL stint of the season for Rendon, continuing what has been a disappointing campaign. When healthy, the 31-year-old has hit an average .240/.329/.382 with six home runs over 249 plate appearances. That’s a far cry from the star-level production Rendon had offered over the previous four years. Between 2017-20, he’d hit .307/.399/.550. That works out to a 146 wRC+ that tied for eighth among the 260 qualified hitters over that time frame.
Slow start notwithstanding, the Angels are surely hoping to get Rendon back onto the field rather quickly. Manager Joe Maddon suggested Rendon’s absence wouldn’t be too long (via Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com). That’s welcome news for the 42-42 club, which sits six games back in the AL Wild Card race. A return to health and peak form from Rendon could be critical to the team’s hopes of making a late-season run.
Schebler returns to Salt Lake, where he’s hit a solid .281/.355/.523 over 172 plate appearances this season. The left-handed hitter has twice been selected to the major league roster but only combined to make 34 trips to the dish at the highest level.
But he was having such a great year
@carlos15 Compared to you? Sure,
Fever Pitch Guy
Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
It’s only obvious Anthony Rendón Didn’t come into shape to spring training
Carloser15 don’t quit your day job I don’t think you’ll make a living in comedy
This guy is really going to become Pujols 2.0! Got paid his money, now is suddenly made of glass. It happens to far too many players across the league. Halos made a mistake choosing him over Cole, and it looks a lot worse now.
Cole was never going there bro.
Cole (like Bauer) was chasing money. Highest bidder was going to get him. Wheeler and Mad Bum both said where they wanted to play and there was no outside contract that would change their minds. Moreno never wanted to spend money on pitching, so it was a pipe dream from day one. Rendon made 0 sense at the time and even less so now.
I was at a charity event with the artie’s wife and The Angels GM’s wife the day the Angels signed Rendon. They said for a fact Cole wanted to only play for the Yankees. The Angels were just the team bidding up the Yankees offer.
No The Dodgers where bidders too
When was Pujols ever like that? His skills slipped and his playing time diminished towards the end but he was never an IL hound This guy seems to love the IL. He hasn’t met a bruise or a strain he couldn’t turn into an IL stint.
“The Angels decided to go with Rendon instead of Cole.” Okay, now even recent history is being re-written.
Am I wrong? I’m aware that Cole’s first choice was NYY, but if LAA really wanted Cole, they could have outbid the Yanks. Owners have the ability to spend much more than they do, and if Arte was desperate for Cole, he could have made it happen. He decided not to, hence his choosing of Rendon.
Yes, you are wrong. Cole had his eyes on the Yankees. If outbidding really made a difference it would’ve happened. Players give bidders a chance to match or outbid. Cole was set on the Yankees. You might want to take a look at all of the franchises west of the Mississippi. You’ll notice the great lack of superstar free agent signings throughout history. Even the Dodgers have a short list. If your from the west, you have to build from within.
Cole has said many many many times that he wanted to be a Yankee and nothing more. The Angels were never in the parking lot it was just another Artie smoke screen to get Angel fans fired up into thinking they were in the chase for Cole and they never got close.
Ohtani disagrees, so does Mookie, Trout, Kershaw, Tatis Jr, Machado…..
Actually the Angels had the third highest bid for cole behind the Yankees dodgers angels had the third highest bid
Cole Wanted to be a Yankee
Maybe people should wait a little and figure out if Cole can pitch without sticky stuff. Cole is much more likely to be a bust than Rendon.
People like you were saying Ohtani was a bust. Rendon led the team in WAR last year. People are reacting much too quickly. Like a lot of players, he’s having soft tissue issues. It’s likely not a big deal.
I never said Ohtani was a bust. I had some concerns if he could stay healthy, and he has! I’ve never doubted his ability. As for rendon, yes he was good last year (albeit a 60 game season). However, that doesn’t make it any less concerning to see an aging star having frequent trips to the IL. BTW, it’s funny how only “soft” players deal with soft tissue issues, lmao. There’s a reason they’re called that.
Like Ohtani, people are formulating strong opinions far too quickly.
Part of wisdom is knowing when not to form a strong opinion. Most people are not wise.
I don’t know if he’s a bust. But I prefer his contract over Cole’s.
“Part of wisdom is knowing when not to form a strong opinion”. Not when it comes to predictions, speculation. Sure, Rendon could suddenly pick it back up at age 32. But I didn’t like the contract when it was signed and it doesn’t look good now. Players get worse with age, not better.
Sorry Halo Fan but Redon is a major deal. Dude had 129 RBI’s just two years ago and now he got a fat payday and he is hurt every other day. Artie is so freaking stupid in that he needs starting pitching so he goes out and gets a 3B that they didn’t really need. Moreno knows nothing about baseball and it shows every year as he continues to pick up 99 cent store players.
Moreno is terrible. He knows nothing of building a team beyond big name, big contract. It’s not working.
You’re not sorry. No one with a clue knows the Rendon deal is a bad one.
Everyone with a clue knows it’s far too early to judge that deal.
Too early to judge but I predict that when all is said and done we WILL be able to judge it as bad. But I basically think all of these mega deals are bad. Moreno needs to learn to spread out his deals, stop just going for big names.
have you made a billion? shut it.
On the contrary Dodger Tool Jr, the Angels did need a 3b. They haven’t had a good one since Glaus, and Had no signs of one coming up thru the minors anytime soon at that point… But anyway, thanks for stopping by and commenting on your least favorite teams board. 😉
“Have you made a billion? shut it.” My nomination for dumbest post of the year right there.
Do you remember when Frank McCount Owned the Dodgers the Angels were the hot ticket during the time In Southern California
Now that you won a World Series Now you think you have authority go back to your Dodgers site at Chavez Ravine A lot of blood was shed on that property before they build dodger Stadium so get off your high horse And ride off on that little pony
At least it’s not a 10 yr contract.
Dude got paid and is straight up mailing it in. Another bad deal for the angles.
That’s an obtuse comment.
And an acute observation.
I’d say it wasn’t right.
What’s your angle?
Right, because Major League Baseball players don’t enjoy playing baseball? What a clueless comment.
Halo Fan…..How many times over the past few years have the Angels signed a good or very good player and they were a bust? Artie hasn’t a clue on how to run an MLB team. He is a business man who knows billboards and nothing more. He has Trout, Ohtani. Rendon, Walsh, Fletcher and they still stink because they have NO PITCHING other than Ohtani and the bullpen is the worst in the bigs.
DODGER JR: Let’s see, you (partly) answered your own question. They signed Ohtani as a free agent in 2018. They signed the best (position) player in this generation to a major extension (granted it’s probably an overpay). Yeah,you’re right, Artie Moreno is clueless. Just in case you couldn’t tell, the sarcasm was was MOST DEFINITELY INTENDED.
That’s a different argument. Most free agents are bust. Pujols was a different case, which I won’t go into again.
Bad contract but Rendon is certainly not “mailing it in”. He’s aging.
Thank you for some common sense. If Rendon was going to mail it in, he’d have started last year. But he had an excellent year last year. And over the past four years, he’s only averaged 142 games, so it is not like he’s never been injured.
The issue is more that the Angels refuse to recognize that players age, that players’ skills diminish, and that players get injured more often as they get older. When you sign someone at age 31, you should expect 1-2 seasons of robust production, 1-2 seasons of decent+ production, and 3 seasons of average production.
How was this reported by readers in the comment section hours before MLBTR has an article on it? Little disappointed especially since Angels are my team. Really not a lot to read on the Angels, not sure how much this website reports on trade rumors. If yall need an angel writer I can blab about useless stats all day..
Rendon looks like the latest on a list of bad contracts the Angels have given out to past their prime position players over the last decade. Meanwhile they still won’t spend money to put a competent pitching staff together
Never thought he would get complacent
dopt: He hasn’t.
Could of had judge or Arenado in the 3rd round of my fantasy draft but nope, took this guy . He’s killing me
Grammar Police: “Could HAVE”, not “Could OF”.
Who brought em??
Excuse me brother but grammar police is unnecessary. When we use voice to text it comes out however it does. Could’ve is spelled the way it sounds (could of) and short for “could have.” You’re not putting us believers in good light when pointing fingers. Matthew 7:3.
On the other hand, am I now pointing fingers at you? You could say that but I’m risking it in the hopes your grammar police ends here. Especially with scripture as your username. Thanks brother.., just friendly exhortation among believers.
It’s okay to have standards, and for the community to uphold them.
In particular, literacy is a privilege that people have sacrificed lives to offer to common folk. Some of the basic tenets of Protestantism, historically, was common literacy so that those of faith could have unmediated access to their their own salvation by reading the Bible themselves.
Standards, yes. Strictness, not so very much. If I am preparing a business E-mail, I try to make it penny-perfect. Posting on the internet, I try to make it readable.
*One of the basic tenets…
Sometimes strictness is the only way to maintain standards, especially with speech. Language, except in the most prescriptivist frames, is fluid and living, and will adapt with usage (and abusage).
I hear you xtraflamy. You make valid points. I’ll just skip over grammar police posts and keep my opinions to myself. I’ll just cringe on my own.
Thanks Gary. Matthew 7:3 talks about hypocritical judgement, not simple correction, which is what I did with my comment. I think it’s ok to gently correct someone.
Thumbs up. Good stuff brother.
Oh Cal Ripken, fans miss you. Guys nowadays sneeze and go on the IL. Gamers find a way to play through pain to be out there for the fans and teammates. Hamstrings are no fun, but this is the 3rd IL stint. Clearly the Angels need you Anthony with Trout and Upton out…let’s go.
Angels & NL West
Feel like its a little premature to write off Rendon and his contract. It may turn out bad, but I dont think we can assume that at this point.
Most readers on this site are, or were, athletes. You know that sometimes you get hurt. Sometimes you run into a little bad luck. It sucks, but it happens. Professional athletes are wildly competitive and prideful. If Rendon, could be on the field, my guess is that he would be out there.
I might get hurt but guess what? IAM NOT MAKING $300 MILLION ON MY CONTRACT!!!!!!!
Angels & NL West
For what its worth, Rendon isn’t making $300 million on his contract either. But kudos on the exclamation points and all caps. Your enthusiasm is admirable.
@Angels I agree. Rendon had a slow start last year and still managed to post a 147 OPS+. He has never been a guy that play 162 games a year. This is his 3rd time on the 10 day DL. Two minor injuries and one fluke foul ball.. Nothing alarming. I have little doubt he will return to being one of the best players in the game.
Don’t mind the trolls. They tend to post on the injury posts and will say that the 10 day DL is the end of world. Like the troll above that is spending all his time posting about Rendon, when he should be more worried about Bellinger, who is circling the bowl right now.
If he were 27, I’d agree but he’s 31, the magic year of player decline. This could be the beginning of the end.
@Cosmo2 Maybe someone should tell Josh Donaldson and Justin Turner how old they are. They don’t seem to follow your rule.
Anecdotes, AngelFan, anecdotes. Let me explain a concept to you, when a person lays down a general idea, pointing out anecdotal exceptions to that general idea does nothing to negate it. It’s pretty basic. Yes there are exceptions but the general rule is… See how that works?
@Cosmo2 My point was not all players are created equally. Are there player that turn rotten at 31? Yes, but there are ton of examples that don;t, The general rule is what racist use to explain there racism. People should view players on a individual basis not assume they follow the basic rule. I understand that people like you with limited capacity want to assume everyone follow a general rule. See how that works.
The general rule, I believe, is that decline starts at 31. Rendon is 31 and hurt and underperforming. An indication that my theory very well MIGHT apply in this situation. This is not hard to get, your bizarre non sequiter into unrelated issues aside, general rules are useful. In baseball. It’s part of how smart decisions are made. In baseball.
@Cosmo2 My point was not all players are created equally.
Of course that’s true, but it is also meaningless. We can calculate fairly precisely when a player starts to decline, and what the annual decline should be. It won’t be identical for every player, but it would be foolish to ignore it. The Angels acquired or extended Wells, Hamilton, Pujols, Upton, and now Rendon, at ages that suggest they would decline. And they did decline. Ignoring those risks is why you have two great players, a big market payroll, but never make the playoffs.
IRT you trying to insert some racism into the discussion, ignoring generalizations is often as unhelpful as over-generalizing. Too many leaders on the ground, and on both sides, simply refuse to acknowledge when things aren’t working.
@JoeBrady You do not make any sense. You cannot predict precisely when a player will decline. Some players begin declining at 24 and some in their 30’s. If you knew, you should be a GM and win the WS every year. Players become free agents after 7 years, which puts them at the magical age of decline. FA would never sign for big money since all FA should follow your basic rule. Yet FA are signed year in and year out. Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling carried a team to a WS title well past their prime There is a reason why teams do not live by a simple rule I have a better rule for you than yours. Money wins games. There is a reason why the Red Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, Astros win is because they spend more money then everyone else. They do not follow your rules and they take risk. Every FA signing is a risk, but that is why these decisions are made by people much smarter than yourself. Teams that dont spend, dont win. It is not a hard concept to grasp. You need to take risk and you need the risks to pay off.
Angels play in a city of Anaheim, which has a population of 300k. It is not a large of a city as you may think it may be. In spite of playing in one of the smaller cities in baseball, the Angels have signed some of the games biggest names. You have to admit Arte knows how to market. He bought the team for 180 million and is now worth 2 billion. He changed the name to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to most people. It is just marketing. The Angels received a $3B TV contract ($150 million per season). I believe the old deal was in the neighborhood of $50M per season (hmmmmm, maybe not a large market after all). . Just in TV revenue, the big contracts that you named are covered. You may think these deals are bad, but Arte is laughing because he is playing chess while you are busy playing checkers. He now owns the stadium and surrounding area, which he will use to generate additional revenue adding to the team.
Redon has a wRC+ of 126 since June 1st. So did he stop declining at the end of May?
Rendon is 31 years old. People are reacting to April and May like they know what they are talking about. No one who knows what they are talking about is paying any attention to April and May.
MrAngelFan doesn’t understand the word “generally” nor how general rules can be used to make more accurate predictions. As usual, a point goes over a commenters head and so they get snarky.
@Cosmo2 I am not going to debate an obvious troll or moron like you. There are ton of example to indicate otherwise. People decline at different ages. . It is apparent other people have a better understanding of the game than you. It is rare to have a good year, every year. People like you write Ohtani off for having a bad year and say he cant make in MLB. This year he is the first half MVP. You do they same thing this year with Rendon because he has been injured and is having a first bad half. This just shows you are incapable of learning and just like to troll.
The Angels have a history of bad free agent signings, This might be the latest
It might be, it might not be. Who has a good record of signing big money free agents?
And what big money free agent was better than Vlad? Colon won a Cy Young.
“Who has a good record of signing big money free agents?” Basically no one cuz those deals are usually dumb in the first place. For everyone, anecdotes aside.
Cosmo, you are right.
While wearing an Angel cap, the Angels have two free agent MVPs, a Cy Young Winner, and a Hall of Famer.
I doubt a lot of teams can match that.. can any?
And no playoff success so who cares? The point is their plan doesn’t win, nothing else matters. Trout is great, Ohtani is great but guess what? The Angels still suck.
@Cosmo2 It is obvious you don’t follow the game. This is Ohtani breakout year. He has never hit this well or played this often. Unfortunately, this happened to be a year when Trout was injured. In prior years, when Ohtani would miss the game before he pitched, the game he pitched, and the game after he pitched. He would be out of the line up at least 3 days a week. This is the same routine he had in Japan. Now, Ohtani is in the lineup almost everyday now. Even someone like you would have to admit the strategy with Ohtani has showin better dividends this year.. Even with the top 3 contracts out of the lineup (Trout, Rendon, and Upton), they are in wildcard contention. Most teams would be done if they had the injury situation and pitching similar to the Angels. Walsh and Ohtani, with Ohtani doing most the heavy lifting, have kept the Angels over 500. It would be great if we can see Trout and Ohtani in the lineup everyday. I am not worried about Rendon either. Every time you can see him beginning to get hot, he get hurt, which sets back his timing.
Most Angel fans have asked for pitching for years. With Pujols coming off the books and most pitchers on the roster hitting the open market. We need to see if the new GM has a better plan this off season than in prior off seasons. With so many holes to fill, I don’t think he has any choice but to address it in a more substantial matter.
@NY Yankee I guess they all can be hits like Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Pavano, Randy Johnson, Kevin Youkilis, etc.
Now that Chapman and Cole are no longer allowed to cheat, Spin rates have falling drastically. it appears those FA signings will be major busts as well.
lumber and lighting
Halos needed SS,LH hitters & pitching.1task was accomplished with 2 home grown all-stars.They spent no money on their improvements.Trout,Rendon,Ohtani,&Walsh are scary and as competitive as any 4 on any team offensively.Padres went out and got Clevenger,Darvish,Snell & Musgrave.My point is,we can fix our pitching with intelligence & money.Fix the bullpen with big scary intimidating guys who throw heat from both sides.We are closer then you people give our GM credit for.50 + million coming off the books with 2 contracts in the next 2 yrs and we should spend every penny on arms.Mike Trout regardless of his final numbers when he retires when never be considered or in the conversation without a ring.Arte made a lot of promises on payroll.Time to execute Rt now.
Totally agree Lumber, Perry will have some money to play with this winter, unlike his 1st go around. Trust me, if we have a good idea what to do, I’m pretty sure he’ll get it done, with more insight than us.
I don’t know if a LH hitter is a primary need thou. With SS the only starting position of need, I’d be completely fine with a plus defender there, regardless of wgat side he hits. with that big 4 in the middle, runs will be a plenty.
Perry’s needs are simple, he knows it. SS, back up C, a frontline starter, and 4 RP’s, 2 backend. This could easily be had with around the 50m he has to play with.
BTW. All you haters need to slow your roll on Rendon. The guys only 31, and a PURE professional hitter. He’s not a speed guy, just a plain and simple elite hitter. He’ll age just fine hitting.
No bashing on the M’s, but we should get 2 of 3 against them. Depleted or not. Just saying! Pretty even now, but we’re missing the big 2 of the big 4….plus a nice supplanting force in Upton…. Wait a minute, is this how there above .500?…
But don’t hate on them, they’re cute.