Angels third baseman Anthony Randon will undergo surgery on his right wrist next week, the team said. The procedure will remove Randon for the rest of the 2022 season.
Randon spent two weeks on the list of injured with pain in the same wrist earlier this season, and he missed the last few games after deepening the problem again. Manager of angels Phil Nevin hinted that Randon was a possible pinch option as early as Thursday, so Friday’s news came as an unwanted surprise and indication that further tests revealed a more serious problem with Randon’s wrist.
This will mark the second consecutive season interrupted by surgery for Rendon, as he underwent hip surgery last August, which ended his season prematurely in 2021. This year has already been cut short by multiple trips to IL for groin, knee and knee injuries. the hamstring, with Randon’s thigh eventually bearing the weight as he tried to compensate for these other lower body problems.
Randon will finish the season with a .228 / .324 / .383 slash and five home runs for 188 appearances. Although this still works for above-average offensive production (106 wRC +), it is far below the standard Rendon still during its heyday with the Nationals or even in its first Angels season in 2020. Since the start of the 2021 campaign Rendon hit just .235 / .327 / .383 in 437 PA and played in only 103 games.
The Angels signed with Randon a seven-year $ 245 million free agent agreement in December 2019, and in addition to Randon’s strong performance in the shortened campaign in 2020, the deal is already showing signs of joining Albert Puyols, Josh Hamiltonand Justin Upton contracts in the recent history of the Angels for costly misfires. Randon has four more years to complete the deal, of course, but he turned 32 earlier this month and now has two lost seasons under his belt.
Randon’s injury continues a nightmare for the Angels. Holding a record of 27-17 and a place in the playoffs on May 24, Halos has since lost 18 of 21 games, including a 14-game losing streak. Manager Joe Madden has already been fired and the Angels are now facing a climb, only to break their streak of lost seasons, let alone return to wild card hunting. Although it’s still mid-June and much of the season remains, Randon’s loss creates another hole in the already volatile list.
Matt Duffy and Tyler Wade a figure to deal with the obligations of the third base in the absence of Randon, which further weakens the second base after this duo and Luis Rengifo they juggled time with the keystone. David Fletcher was placed on a 60-day IL after adductor surgery and would at best return around the All-Star break. Jose Rojas and Keane Wong are in Triple-A, but both are imperfect solutions to the already shaky picture of the field. If the Halos return to the playoff picture, one of the short, second or third bases could be a target area for the trading deadline, depending on who was available and how Anaheim moved its other staff around the diamond.