After injury-shortened 2021 seasons, two of the Angels’ greatest stars are wholesome. Mike Trout’s agent Craig Landis tells Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that Trout is “100 percent” prepared to completely take part in spring coaching actions each time the lockout ends, whereas a supply acquainted with Anthony Rendon’s restoration says the third baseman can also be a “full-go” within the wake of surgical procedure to right a hip impingement.
Trout and Rendon mixed for 84 video games in 2021 and have been in the identical beginning lineup collectively solely 19 instances. Trout was no less than nonetheless his superstar-level self earlier than struggling a season-ending proper calf pressure on May 17, hitting .333/.466/.624 with eight dwelling runs over what ended up being his solely 146 plate appearances. For Rendon, a collection of nagging issues despatched him to the injured listing on a number of events and restricted his manufacturing to solely a .240/.329/.382 slash line over 249 journeys to the plate.
The majority of Rendon’s accidents are associated to his left leg, nevertheless it was truly a proper hip drawback stemming from his rehab for a left hamstring harm that lastly ended his season in August. Rendon stated throughout a radio interview in November that the timing of the surgical procedure was meant so he might head into spring coaching with a clear invoice of well being, and that now seems to be the case, even when the lockout has delayed the whole thing of the traditional baseball calendar.
Trout’s calf pressure was a supply of fixed frustration for the previous MVP, the Angels, and baseball followers as a complete, because the outfielder was seemingly near a return on a number of events besides his calf by no means stopped feeling sore after Trout took half in baseball-related actions. Trout and the workforce held out hope till September earlier than formally shutting issues down, once more with an eye fixed towards an early begin on getting Trout totally wholesome for the 2022 season.
Needless to say, the returns of Trout and Rendon in full well being and with their traditional ranges of manufacturing might give the Angels one of many league’s most harmful lineups. Of course, pitching has lengthy been the Angels’ greatest impediment, however the workforce has re-signed nearer Raisel Iglesias and likewise added Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen to the rotation combine, to not point out what different strikes could possibly be in retailer as soon as the transactions freeze is lifted.