Angels’ Rendon returns to baseball activities

Brandon Sloter - The Sporting Tribune
Angels 3B Anthony Rendon took ground balls Wednesday, returning to baseball-related activities for the first time since he suffered a torn hamstring in April.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon has returned to baseball activities after being sidelined for over a month with a torn hamstring.

Rendon, who suffered the torn hamstring and has been on the 60-Day IL since April, took ground balls Wednesday, as indicated by manager Ron Washington Tuesday.

“Trying to get back as soon as possible, but obviously being smart about it too,” Rendon said. 

Rendon said he is ahead of schedule with his rehab and has been taking swings in the batting cage. However, when asked about an update on the timetable, Rendon added he has not begun running yet, but he’s scheduled to in the coming days.

”I really don’t know because I haven’t ran yet and that’s going to be a big step this weekend so I think that would be a good indicator,” Rendon said. 

Washington is pleased with Rendon’s progress, but he did not provide a timetable for a return to the Halos’ lineup. 

“I see him right now moving pretty good, but that doesn’t mean that tomorrow he’s going to be playing,” Washington said. “We’ll see how he feels, we may ramp it up tomorrow, we may back off, but at least he’s back on the field.” 

The Angels host the Padres for the final game of the series, looking for a sweep. First pitch is scheduled for 6:38 p.m.