Jun 11, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) reaches second on an RBI double hit against the New York Mets during the first inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After a strong start to the season, things have gone downhill in a big way for the Los Angeles Angels. And unfortunately for them, the news isn’t getting any better.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that Anthony Rendon will have surgery on his right wrist and as such, will miss the remainder of the 2022 season.

The news brought about a big reaction from MLB fans, who pointed out that free agent signings for the Angels seem to be drawn to this kind of fate.

Rendon signed with the Angels following a brilliant 2019 season in which he hit .319/.412/.598 with 36 home runs, won the Silver Slugger for National League third basemen, finished third in MVP voting and helped lead the Washington Nationals to the World Series championship. But the three seasons since have been a much different story, primarily because of health. Rendon did play in 52 games in the 2020 season, which was shortened to 60 games. But in the two years since, he’s played in 58 and 45 games.

While there had been some brief highlights, the 2022 season had not gone well for Rendon. He’ll finish the season with a .228/.324/.383 slash line and five home runs.

The Angels entered play on Friday 10 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West and five games out of the final Wild Card spot in the American League. There’s too much baseball left to say that Los Angeles is completely out of the race. But this injury will certainly not help their chances.

[Jeff Passan]

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