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Angels 3B Anthony Rendon's injury woes continue with season-ending wrist surgery

The $245 million guy for the Los Angeles Angels is out for the year once more.

The organisation announced Friday that Anthony Rendon will have season-ending wrist surgery next week.

Rendon hasn't played since exiting a game early on Tuesday because of an aggravation of a wrist issue that landed him on the 10-day disabled list in late May. In 45 games, he hit.228/.324/.383 with five home runs.

When you sign the veteran third baseman to a seven-year, $245 million contract in the 2019-20 offseason, that's not the kind of development you want.

Rendon, who had just finished a championship season with the Washington Nationals, was one of the most consistent hitters in MLB at the time of his signing. 

The Nationals chose to let Rendon depart while signing World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a nearly identical deal (which isn't working out).

Rendon, 32, has appeared in 155 games for the Angels over the course of three seasons. 

The COVID-19 epidemic cut short the first season (52 games), hip and hamstring issues cut short the second (58 games), and now a wrist injury has cut short this season.

Rendon hasn't been close to becoming the game-changer the Angels had hoped for even when he has been on the field, which is worrying.

He had a strong debut season, finishing in the top ten of the AL MVP voting, but he has only hit.235 in the two seasons since.

Rendon's ailments are undoubtedly linked to his problems, but the truth remains that he won't play again until 2023, three years after his last successful season (and his last full one four years away). 

The Angels are well aware of the potential pitfalls of a mega-contract, but Albert Pujols was still on the field for the majority of the season.

Rendon's departure adds to the team's burden of trying to close the gap in a once-encouraging postseason chase. Despite having a 24-14 record at this time last month, the squad now has a 30-35 record.