With the season set to begin later this week, it looks like the Angels could potentially be without their big offseason acquisition to start the season. During Wednesday’s intrasquad game, Anthony Rendon suffered some oblique tightness from a swing in the fourth inning.
“I really don’t have any idea,” Maddon said to media when asked whether or not Rendon would be ready for Friday’s first game . “From his mouth, he says he’s actually pretty good, but you don’t know with something like this. When I hear these things, day to day, you just be patient. And I don’t even want to create conjecture because I really don’t know. I want to believe he’s gonna be ready but if not, we’re gonna have to have a ‘Plan B’ ready.”
Rendon didn’t play on Friday, and was also held out of Saturday’s game, too. Rendon seems confident that he’ll play, but with such a short season there’s no need to try and rush anything in order to avoid re-injury.
If Rendon should miss time, it looks as if David Fletcher would get the action at the hot corner until Rendon returns. He got the start at third on Friday, and has experience playing the position, having played 123 games there during his career.
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Other Angels news and notes
- Julio Teheran has been cleared for workouts. Teheran, an offseason signing by the Angels, was one of the last players to arrive to camp, as he didn’t show up until Friday. Over the next few days the Angels are going to see how he looks, before officially penciling him into the starting rotation.
“I think probably by tomorrow or the next day, we should have a pretty good idea where he’s at and be able to have a solid plan built,” Maddon said. “I talked to him yesterday in the parking lot. He’s very eager, looks great, ready to go. But he’s got to get together with Mickey and map something out and once we have something mapped out, I’ll let you guys know.”
- After fouling a ball off his right leg during Friday’s intrasquad game, it looks as if Brian Goodwin, the team’s projected starting right fielder will be good to go to begin the season
- Speaking of injuries, it looks as if Luis Rengifo may miss some time to begin the season. He didn’t arrive to camp until Wednesday, but on Friday be began to feel some hamstring tightness. He’s set to undergo more testing.
“He had a little bit of a hammy tightness yesterday that we have to look at,” Maddon said. “But again, that’s another one of those things where he just walked in the doors, so we’ll see where that’s at. But this guy’s really interesting. And when we’re writing down different lineups against righties and lefties you put his name in there often.”
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