Rendon went 1-for-1 with a three-run home run in Sunday's Cactus League contest against the White Sox.
Rendon took Ross Detwiler deep in the first inning for his first homer in an Angels uniform. He was also hit by a pitch in the third inning and exited the game in the fourth after feeling soreness in his left hamstring, though Rendon indicated the soreness was merely a result of being struck by the pitch. He's scheduled for an off day Monday and should return to the lineup shortly thereafter.
Rendon (personal) is expected to return to Angels camp on Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Rendon flew back to his home state of Texas on Wednesday to be with his wife, who is set to give birth to the couple's second child. After taking a few days off to spend time with his expanding family, Rendon will return to Arizona to resume preparations for his first season with the Angels. Expect him to make his team and Cactus League debut at some point next week.
Rendon is expected to leave camp "for a few days" to be with his wife when she gives birth to the couple's second child, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
The absence clearly won't affect Rendon's standing with the team or readiness for the regular season. The 29-year-old is expected to add a significant boost to the Angels' lineup after signing a seven-year, $245 million contract with the team in December.
Rendon signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 29-year-old is fresh off a World Series victory with the Nationals and is now set to receive $35 million per year from the Angels. Rendon finished third in National League MVP voting behind Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich in 2019, as he put forth the best numbers of his career with a .319/.412/.598 slash line, 44 doubles, 34 home runs and 126 RBI in 146 games. Rendon will take over at the hot corner for the Halos in Joe Maddon's first season as the club's manager.
Rendon rejected a qualifying offer from the Nationals on Thursday, making him a free agent, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The finalist for the National League MVP will likely receive much more than the one-year, $17.8 million price tag associated with the qualifying offer, so it isn't surprising to see Rendon enter free agency. The Nationals will receive draft-pick compensation if Rendon signs elsewhere, but the market for the 29-year-old should still be appealing.
Rendon received a qualifying offer from Washington on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Rendon is due to make far more than the one-year, $17.8 million that the qualifying offer entails. The team who signs him will now have to give up a draft pick, with the Nationals set to receive draft-pick compensation, though that won't dull the star third baseman's market by a meaningful amount.
Rendon went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and five RBI in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Astros in Game 6 of the World Series.
Rendon's two-run blast in the seventh inning gave the Nationals a 5-2 lead and provided some much-needed breathing room after a controversial call two batters earlier had cost them an additional baserunner. Rendon also had an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run double in the ninth. The homer was Rendon's first of the World Series, but he's been marvelous in the postseason overall, slashing .339/.429/.571 in 56 at-bats.
Rendon went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three runs scored overall in Wednesday's 7-3 extra-inning win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
Rendon blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning off Clayton Kershaw to pull the Nationals to within 3-2, and Juan Soto followed with a solo homer of his own to tie the game. Rendon also doubled off LA starter Walker Buehler in the sixth and again off reliever Joe Kelly in the 10th.The impending free agent slashed .319/.412/.598 with a career-high 34 homers and a league-leading 126 RBI during the regular season, and he's followed that up by slashing .350/.423/.650 in six postseason games. The Cardinals will have their work cut out for them trying to quiet Rendon's bat in the National League Championship Series.
Rendon is not in Sunday's lineup against the Indians.
The Nationals have secured home-field advantage for Tuesday's Wild Card Game, so it makes sense that they would give their best position player a breather on the final day of the season. Wilmer Difo is starting at third base and hitting eighth.
Rendon is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies.
Rendon will be rewarded with what appears to be a regular day off after the Nationals a clinched a spot in the playoffs Tuesday. The veteran third baseman is hitting just .182 over his past 10 games, though he owns an impressive 10:3 BB:K over that stretch. Asdrubal Cabrera is covering the hot corner in his place, with Brian Dozier starting at second base.
Rendon went 0-for-3 with three walks, a stolen base and a run scored Saturday against the Marlins.
Rendon didn't reach base with a hit but was productive nevertheless with three walks and also providing his fourth stolen base of the season. Despite a three-game hitless streak, Rendon is still hitting an incredibly impressive .326/.412/.613 across 139 games this season.
Rendon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.
His sixth-inning shot tied the score at 2-2, but the Nats couldn't muster any more offense after that. Rendon is slashing .321/.438/.604 through 15 games in September as he tries to keep his team in the wild-card picture, and on the season he's hitting .333 with 34 homers and 119 RBI -- all career highs -- as he steams towards a huge payday in free agency.
Rendon went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, three RBI, two runs scored and a pair of walks to help the Nationals to a 12-6 win over the Twins on Thursday.
It was another huge day at the dish for the star third baseman, who reached base in four out of his five plate appearances and hit his 33rd long ball of the season with a first-inning solo shot off Kyle Gibson. Rendon has been swinging a sizzling bat all season, slashing a ridiculous .335/.418/.631 in 131 games.
Rendon went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs Sunday in the Nationals' 9-3 win over the Marlins.
Rendon is currently enjoying one of his hottest offensive stretches of the season, as he'll enter Monday's series opener versus the Mets with four consecutive multi-hit performances on his ledger. The third baseman -- who will bat third Monday -- will also carry a 17-game on-base streak into the contest. During that stretch, Rendon has slashed .449/.512/.855 with seven home runs, 18 runs and 21 RBI.
Rendon went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs and three runs scored in Saturday's 7-0 win over the Marlins.
Rendon set the tone early for the Nationals by delivering a 402-foot blast to left field during the first inning. The 29-year-old finished August on an absolute tear, slashing .386/.440/.653 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 25 games.
Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI, a walk and a run scored Friday against the Marlins.
Rendon plated a run in the first inning on a single to center, and he won the game in the bottom of the ninth with a single to left field. The 29-year-old continues to put together a strong 2019 campaign, slashing .333/.412/.619 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI over 119 games.
Rendon went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Cubs.
Rendon opened the game's scoring with his solo blast in the fourth inning and was a menace to Cubs pitchers all afternoon. His slash line is up to .329/.407/.617 with 104 RBI and 67 extra-base hits.
Rendon went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a 7-1 victory against the Pirates on Thursday.
In his last three games against the Pirates, Rendon raked, going 7-for-12 (.583) with two extra-base hits and four RBI. The Pirates are hardly the only team he's crushed, though, as Rendon is batting .354 with 10 extra-base hits this month. Rendon has already hit a career high in home runs and reached a new best in RBI with the solo shot Thursday; he is on pace to do the same in the runs and average categories too. He is batting .324 with 28 home runs, 101 RBI, 91 runs and three steals in 432 at-bats this season.
Rendon went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.
The 29-year-old is putting together an impressive August, slashing .323/.353/.581 through 15 games with four long balls and 17 RBI. The surge has already given Rendon a new career high with 27 homers, and he's only three RBI short of hitting the century mark in that category for the second time.
Rendon went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Wednesday's 17-7 rout of the Reds.
It was a remarkably balanced attack from the Nats, as every starting position player got on base multiple times and scored exactly twice. Rendon is now slashing .326/.365/.565 through 12 games in August, and Wednesday's long ball was his 26th of the season -- setting a new career high for the 29-year-old.
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