Third baseman Anthony Rendon, signed a seven-year $ 245 million contract after leading the main RBI championships last year and leading the Washington Nationals to their first World Series championship, is expected to make his Angels debut afterwards having lost the first four games of the season due to a skew injury.
“In the worst case, (Wednesday), without any kind of setbacks,” manager Joe Maddon told reporters of Rendon’s status before Angels’ 3-0 defeat against Oakland A on Monday. “It’s one of those things where you want to make sure you don’t hurry where you have a long term situation.
“This was part of the plan … … we’ll make him do his things and find out later.”
With the Angels slow to attack, Rendon’s mace should give a boost. They scored just 11 points losing three or four games against Athletics, with which they compete to compete for a place in the expanded playoffs. In Monday’s shutout, the Angels hit 12 times, including five of their eight at-bats with a runner in the scoring position.
While the Angels expect to bring Rendon back, it could be without interruption Andrelton Simmons, who left the game on Monday after injuring his left ankle while hitting a single infield in the ninth inning.
Maddon said Simmons has been evaluated.
“We have to wait for him to see the doctor and then get the report from the medical staff,” said Maddon. “I don’t know enough yet. I have heard of previous injuries. I saw it really well and I could see it without having to watch the replay to see how it turned on the back of the bag.”
David Fletcher, who played third in Rendon’s absence, would likely switch to shortstop if Simmons were sidelined.
The angels had to mix their rotation after Matt Andriese, who had been set to start the home opener, cast 5 2/3 innings of relief without shortcuts on Sunday.
Left-handed Patrick Sandoval will now start against the Mariners. Sandoval was 0-4 with an ERA 5.03 in 10 appearances, including nine starts, as a rookie last season. He will face Seattle for the first time.
Left-handed Justus Sheffield will make his seasonal debut for the Mariners. Sheffield went 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in eight games for Seattle last season, including seven starts. He has never faced the Angels before.
Evan White, the first base of the Mariners rookie, hit his first major league omer on Monday in the 8-5 defeat in Seattle in Houston. White’s two-point shot in the third inning brought the Mariners the lead 3-0, but Seattle was unable to resist, falling for the third time in the opening four-game streak.
Mariners manager Scott Servais was encouraged by his team’s approach to the pot. Seattle went 4 for 12 with the runners in the scoring position and hit Houston 9-8.
“We had a lot of very, really good bats,” Servais said. “We scored five points and left something like 10 guys on the base, so we had a chance to get even more. It’s positive. Our young guys, our offense and our training are starting to simmer a little.”
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