A pair of familiar news items happened for the Angels on Tuesday. Shohei Ohtani was named American League player of the week for the second time in three weeks, and third baseman Anthony Rendon was placed on the injured list for the third time in 2021.
Ohtani hit .286/.400/1.143 with six home runs in six games last week. The dingers were enough to outweigh Ohtani’s worst start of the year on the mound, allowing seven runs while recording only two outs on June 30 in New York. He allowed six total runs in his previous four starts.
Already voted to start at designated hitter for the American League in the All-Star Game, Ohtani made history on Sunday when the players voted him onto the roster as a staring pitcher as well, recognizing one the most incredible seasons in major league history.
Ohtani leads the majors with 31 home runs, hitting .277/.363/.695 with 67 RBI and 60 runs scored in 79 games. He also leads the AL in triples (four) and slugging percentage. He’s also got a 3.60 ERA in 12 starts, with 83 strikeouts. Among pitchers with at least 60 innings, Ohtani ranks fifth in the AL with a 32.3-percent strikeout rate.
He has a 177 OPS+ and 128 ERA+, a true all-around talent. He was also named AL player of the month for June. It’s Ohtani’s time now.
For Rendon, his second season in Anaheim has been a disappointment, hitting just .240/.329/.382 with six home runs and 13 doubles in 58 games. His latest ailment is a left hamstring strain, suffered on Sunday against Baltimore.
Rendon this season missed 11 games with a left groin strain, then nine more on the injured list with a left knee contusion in May. He was looking more like himself since June 1, hitting .274/.369/.463 in 25 games, but now he’ll be out until after the All-Star break.
To take Rendon’s place on the active roster, infielder Jack Mayfield was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. Jose Rojas gets the start at third base on Tuesday against the Red Sox, with Ohtani on the mound.
Outfielder Scott Schebler, who was designated for assignment by the Angels on Saturday, cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A. For the second time this season, he accepted the minor league assignment.
In two stints in the majors this year, the 30-year-old Schebler is 5-for-34 with three doubles, 17 strikeouts, and no walks, hitting .147/.147/.235 in 14 games.