Rendon was in the Angels’ original starting lineup against the Houston Astros, batting fourth, but he has been scratched because of a “stomach bug,” according to manager Joe Maddon.
Anthony Rendon is not starting anymore because he has a stomach bug, Joe Maddon said. Mayfield in.— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) April 18, 2022
Maddon added that Rendon could still be available to pinch-hit.
The 31-year-old third baseman has a hit in each of his past four games, but he owns a dim .185/.303/.296 slash line through 27 at-bats so far this year. He was a below-average offensive player last season (93 OPS+) and missed more than 100 games due in large part to a hip injury. Rendon is in the third year of a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Angels.
Jack Mayfield will man the hot corner tonight in place of Rendon while catcher Max Stassi has been moved into the cleanup spot.