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Angels 3B Anthony Rendon won't play again in 2023

Sat Sep 23 1:06pm ET
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The Los Angeles Angels made the long-expected announcement Saturday that third baseman Anthony Rendon will not play again this season.

The club also activated right-hander Jaime Barria from the injured list and optioned left-hander Jhonathan Diaz to Triple-A Salt Lake.

A leg injury on July 4 has limited Rendon's ability to conduct on-field workouts, but the Angels had been mum on his status until manager Phil Nevin confirmed Saturday that the veteran won't take the field again this year.

Rendon, 33, was hurt when he fouled a ball off his lower leg in a game against the San Diego Padres. The original diagnosis was a contusion, with later reports indicating that one of five doctors who examined Rendon diagnosed a fractured tibia.

In just 43 games this season, Rendon batted .236 with two home runs and 22 RBIs. Signed to a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Angels before the 2020 season, his time in the American League has been injury riddled.

The most games the former Washington Nationals star has played with the Angels in his four seasons were the 58 he logged in 2021. He has batted .249 with 22 homers and 111 RBIs in 200 games during his time with Los Angeles.

Barria, 27, last pitched for the Angels on Sept. 6. He is 2-6 this season with a 5.67 ERA in 32 games (six starts). Diaz, 27, had a 10.29 ERA In four appearances (one start).

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