The Angels have reinstated third baseman Anthony Rendon from the 60-day injured listing, stories Sam Blum of The Athletic. First baseman Mike Ford was designated for project in a corresponding transfer.
Rendon, 32, performed 45 video games this season earlier than he underwent wrist surgical procedure in June. On the time, that process was categorized as “season-ending,” although Rendon evidently recovered quicker than anticipated. A number of weeks in the past, it was reported that coming again for a late-season look was on the desk, one thing that has now come to fruition.
Regardless of his reinstatement, Rendon nonetheless received’t be showing in a sport for the Halos for a number of days. Shortly after his surgical procedure, there was an enormous brawl between the Angels and Mariners which resulted in 12 suspensions. A kind of was given to Rendon, who bought 5 video games for his position within the fracas. He’ll miss the subsequent 5 contests with the Angels taking part in shorthanded on these days. That may nonetheless depart him with the possibility to get a small style of motion earlier than the offseason begins, because the membership has eight video games remaining right here in 2022, and forestall him from lacking the start of the 2023 season.
The Angels are nicely out of competition right here in 2022, so these video games subsequent season needs to be way more essential to the crew. Subsequent 12 months is the final season earlier than Shohei Ohtani is slated to succeed in free company. With the membership additionally potentially being sold within the close to future, it’s attainable that 2023 is an inflection level for the franchise. Regardless of having Mike Trout for the previous decade-plus, Ohtani for the previous 5 seasons and Rendon for the previous three, the Angels haven’t completed above .500 since 2015 and haven’t made the postseason since 2014. With Ohtani’s potential departure and an unknown possession group coming into the image, it’s attainable that 2023 might need a “final hurrah” type of really feel to it, given the uncertainty past that.
Rendon was glorious for the Angels within the first 12 months of his contract, which was the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He hit .286/.418/.497 in 52 video games that 12 months for a wRC+ of 152 and a pair of.5 fWAR. Sadly, the previous couple of seasons have been marred by accidents, with Rendon solely entering into 58 video games final 12 months and solely 45 to date right here in 2022. He and the membership will certainly be hoping for higher well being subsequent 12 months and past, together with his contract working by means of 2026.
As for Ford, he started his profession with the Yankees and spent a few years of their system earlier than coming into a journeyman part over the previous two years. Beginning in June of 2021, he went from New York to Tampa, then Washington, Seattle, San Francisco, again to Seattle, Atlanta after which to Los Angeles to affix the Angels. For 4 totally different groups this 12 months, he’s hit .206/.302/.313 for a wRC+ of 80. Ford has a a lot better monitor file at Triple-A, hitting .257/.353/.476 in over 1300 plate appearances. He’s struggled to deliver that as much as the majors with him however may discover one other crew prepared to present him a shot. With the commerce deadline lengthy gone, the Angels can have no selection however to place Ford on waivers within the coming days.