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Angels’ Anthony Rendon placed on injured list after hamstring injury – Press Telegram

Cincinnati Reds first base Christian Encarnacion-Strand (33) reaches for the throw as the Angels’ Anthony Rendon (6) stands safely at first in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Cincinnati. Rendon left the game after the game due to an injury. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CINCINNATI – The Angels placed third baseman Anthony Rendon on the injured list Sunday morning after he pulled his hamstring one minute into the infield in Saturday night’s 7-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

The Angels promoted infielder Ehire Adrianza to take Rendon’s spot on the roster.

The third base dugout wasn’t the only part of Great American Ball Park disappointed with the Rendon injury, which pitcher Patrick Sandoval called “heartbreaking.”

In a suite above the visitors’ dugout along the third base line, Rendon’s good friend James Casey, the tight ends coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, had come to the game with his wife, two sons and several other members of the coaching staff. .

Casey, who joined Rendon in the Rice University Hall of Fame last October, took his sons onto the field before the game to catch up with Rendon.

“We met at Rice, but he was obviously a little older, and I was only a freshman,” Rendon said. “You heard what he was doing on the football field, and then we did some promotional stuff together with baseball and football and then we started talking and texting.”

The Chicago White Sox drafted Casey, who is six years older than Rendon, in the seventh round out of high school, but he quit the sport after three seasons and enrolled at Rice to play tight end.

The Houston Texans drafted Casey in the fifth round in 2009, while the Washington Nationals selected Rendon sixth overall in 2011, and the two have remained close ever since.

Casey played seven seasons in the NFL for the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos and has been the tight ends coach in Cincinnati since 2019.

“Seventh grade was the highlight of my football career,” Rendon joked Sunday morning before the series finale against the Reds. “After that I was too small. I faced guys his size. I wouldn’t stick around for too much longer.

“We had more conversations than ever this season, and now that I’m getting to know him, he’s such an impressive guy,” Rendon added. “It was great to see him and his boys again.”

Angels manager Ron Washinton said the team will have a better idea of ​​the timeline for Rendon’s injury when the team returns to Los Angeles.

“It always seems worse the next day because stiffness sets in,” Washington said. “You have to get the blood flowing again, and every day that comes and goes, it gets better.”

EJECTION TO PROMOTION

Before Adrianza was called up to Rendon, his Saturday was cut short when he was ejected in the second inning of Triple-A’s game in Salt Lake City for questioning a call from the Automated Ball Strike (ABS) system.

“It was a strike, by the way,” he admitted with a laugh shortly after arriving at GABP after a long night and morning of travel.

Adrianza left Salt Lake City late Saturday night, arriving in Atlanta at 5 a.m. ET for a three-hour layover before flying to Cincinnati.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I play for a club in the highest division, so I have no complaints. I’m excited to go.”

If Adrianza plays on Sunday, it will be his first MLB appearance since May 1 at Atlanta. He spent spring training with the Angels, but was defeated by Miguel Sano.

In 14 games in Salt Lake this season, Adrianza hit .349 with two doubles, three triples, one run, four RBIs and two steals.

“It’s great to have him back,” Angels manager Ron Washington said. “He is a very professional type and he is already ready to play. I think he can add a lot to our team.”

The countdown continues

Sunday marked the 9,999th regular-season game in Angels history, with No. 10,000 scheduled for Monday against Baltimore at Angel Stadium.

The Angels will be the first expansion team to reach 10,000 games, and fans in attendance will receive a commemorative pin.

NEXT ONE

Orioles (RHP Albert Suarez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Angels (LHP Reid Detmers 3-0, 1.19), 6:38 PM PT, Bally Sports West, 830 AM