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Los Angeles Angels star Anthony Rendon lands on IL for third time in 2021

Los Angeles Angels star Anthony Rendon lands on IL for third time in 2021
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon, shown Aug. 24, 2020, has appeared in just 58 of the Angels' 84 games to this point in the 2021 season. File Photo by Trask Smith/UPI | License Photo

July 6 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Angels have placed star third baseman Anthony Rendon on the injured list for the third time before the All-Star break this season.

The team put Rendon on the 10-day IL on Tuesday with a left hamstring strain, which he suffered while running the bases during Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. It is the third different injury for the 31-year-old infielder in the 2021 campaign.

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The Angels recalled infielder Jack Mayfield from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding roster move.

"He's very frustrated by the whole thing," Maddon said of Rendon's injury woes this season. "We spoke about it [Monday], and we both agree. We just want him to get out there playing without anything bothering him. And we both know when that occurs, good things are going to happen for us and for him.

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"It's unfortunate, it's serendipitous. There's nothing you can do about it, but he's hurting right now and we've got to just wait until he's well."

Rendon has appeared in just 58 of the Angels' 84 games to this point in the 2021 season. He has a career-worst .240 batting average with six home runs and 34 RBIs, going 11-for-47 with only two homers in his past 13 games before his latest injury.

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The 2019 MLB All-Star selection missed 11 games in April because of a groin strain. He then sat out nine contests in May with a bruise after fouling a ball off his left knee.

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The Angels also have been without superstar outfielder Mike Trout, who has been sidelined since May 17 with a strained right calf.

Rendon will be eligible to return after the All-Star break next week. Trout also is eligible to return to the field shortly after the break, but it remains unclear when he will be cleared for competition.

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