An already tough season for Anthony Rendon looks to be coming to a premature end, as the Angels announced on Thursday that their star third baseman will undergo surgery to repair a right hip impingement, which will keep him out for the remainder of 2021.
The #Angels released the following statement today regarding INF Anthony Rendon:— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) August 4, 2021
“Anthony Rendon will undergo season ending surgery to repair a right hip impingement. Additional information will be provided as appropriate.”
Rendon had already been on the 10-day injured list for a left hamstring strain that he suffered on July 4 against the Orioles, and this latest ailment apparently came during the rehab for that. According to the Angels, he is expected to be ready for Opening Day next year.
This news is just the latest in a long series of injuries for Rendon in 2021, as he spent three different stints on the injured list for a left groin strain suffered in April, a left knee contusion suffered in May and the aforementioned left hamstring strain. He also suffered a triceps injury in June, but only missed a couple of games because of it.
These various ailments were likely a big factor for Rendon’s uncharacteristically poor performance in the 58 games that he did play this year. He slashed just .240/.329/.382, all among the lowest of his career, and recorded only six home runs and 34 RBI. His Statcast numbers didn’t look great either, as his average exit velocity and hard hit percentage were also the worst of his career by far.
Rendon is in the second year of the monster 7-year, $245 million contract he signed in December 2019. His debut campaign with the Halos was a success overall, with him overcoming a slow start to the COVID-shortened 2020 season to post a stellar .286/.418/.497 slashline with 21 extra-base hits in 52 games. His second year in Anaheim looks to be a lost season, however, and the Angels will be desperately hoping that he can return healthy and back to form in 2022 and for the remaining five years left on his deal.