Angels 3B Anthony Rendon Might Miss Opening Day with Sore Oblique

Anthony Rendon with Washington Nationals in 2019. Photo by Austin Mcafee/CSM/Shutterstock

The Los Angeles Angels’ big-ticket offseason signing is dealing with a sore oblique and is questionable for the team’s Opening Day game on Friday, according to manager Joe Maddon.

Anthony Rendon, who signed a 7-year, $245 million contract with the Angels over the offseason, might not be ready to take the field this week due to a lingering injury that has caused his problems over the past week.

Rendon reportedly injured his oblique while training at Angel Stadium with his team as part of the “Summer Camp,” designed to get players ready for game action later this month.

In a video press conference with reporters, Maddon stated, “All I know is that he’s more sore today, and with that, he really had to back off his work.” He went on to add, “On the surface, it would appear he’ll have to be pushed back. Knowing him, he’s going to want to play in that first game. I can’t tell you for sure if he’s out of it yet or how long he’s going to be out of it.”

Maddon had previously expressed over the weekend that he expected the star third baseman to play on Opening Day despite his oblique discomfort.

If Rendon can’t take the field on Friday night in Oakland against the A’s, expect David Fletcher or Matt Thaiss to man the position instead.