ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Rendon had an RBI single Monday evening in his first sport again after lacking practically…

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Rendon had an RBI single Monday evening in his first sport again after lacking practically three months attributable to strained left hamstring.

“It’s not going to take him lengthy. He seems to be like he’s about prepared no less than swinging the bat,” supervisor Ron Washington stated after Rendon went 1 for 4 in a 9-4 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Rendon missed 68 video games after he strained his left hamstring whereas operating out an infield hit in the course of the first inning in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds on April 20.

He remained in Southern California final week whereas the Angels have been on a six-game street journey and confronted reside pitching on Friday and Saturday at Angel Stadium.

“Long time coming. Ready to maintain on going and end the second half robust,” Rendon stated earlier than the sport.

Rendon stated the principle factor he did over the weekend was run the bases, which is one thing he wasn’t in a position to do a lot till the previous week.

After speaking to Washington, Rendon will alternate between third base and designated hitter till he appears like he’s snug having the ability to play the sector on consecutive days.

Rendon was hitting. 267 with three RBIs in 19 video games earlier than the harm. He began the season 0 for 19 earlier than going 20 for 56.

The 34-year previous Rendon is within the fifth season of a $245 million, seven-year contract with the Angels, however has had a string of accidents over the previous 4 seasons. He has performed in solely 168 video games and missed 408 because the begin of the 2021 season.

“He actually wished to carry out this yr. Too dangerous the hamstring pushed him again. He had this date on the calendar and he’s enthusiastic about it,” Washington stated. “He needs to return out right here and present that he nonetheless needs to carry out.”

Rendon and three-time AL MVP Mike Trout have been in the identical lineup in solely 118 video games out of 576 since 2021 (20.5%). Trout had surgical procedure on his left knee on May 3 and hopes to return to the lineup by late July.

Trout did some work on the sector earlier than the sport, together with jogging and hitting off a batting tee.

The Angels (37-53) have dropped seven of their final eight video games and path the Seattle Mariners by 11 video games within the AL West.

With Rendon out of the lineup, the Angels batted .239 within the leadoff spot, the eighth-lowest common within the majors.

“We had a reasonably good June after which the final street journey didn’t go in addition to we hoped. Hopefully we are able to flip issues round and attempt to get the ball rolling for the second half,” Rendon stated.

Infielder Miguel Sanó was designated for task to make room for Rendon.

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This story has been corrected to point out that Anthony Rendon missed 68 video games, not 69.

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