Anthony Rendon Exits Angels vs. Orioles with Hamstring Injury

Kyusung Gong/Associated PressAnthony Rendon, third baseman for the Los Angeles Angels, was forced to leave Sunday's game against Baltimore Orioles due to left hamstring tightness.Rendon was 1-for-2, with a walk in contest before exiting. His hit came in the form a solo shot at the bottom of third. Rendon was replaced at the hot corner by Luis Rengifo.Manager Joe Maddon made it clear that Rendon's injury was not serious after the game.Maddon stated, "It shouldn't be something elongated." "That's what I was originally diagnosed."The Angels' 2019 winter was a success story for the 31-year old, who signed a $745 million, seven-year deal with Mike Trout. In 2020's COVID-19 short season, he played 52 games, hitting.286 with nine runs, 31 RBI, 29 runs, and a.915 ops.Rendon would have had around 28 homers, 96 RBI and a 162-game year. Solid production.On Sunday, he was batting.237/.325/.367 and had five homers as well as 33 RBI in his first 57 games.Rendon's 2021 season was marred by injuries. In May, Rendon suffered a left knee contusion after he threw a foul ball off of his leg. His knee injury, which could have been serious, was not diagnosed by X-rays.Manager Joe Maddon said that it did not look good in real life. He had hit himself quite hard." "When you see men get hit like this, you can think of a lot different things."In April, he also missed some time due to a left groin strain.Rendon's injury to his hamstring is the latest blow to an Angels team that is short key bats. Justin Upton (back), and Mike Trout (calf), are both currently on the injured lists.