Anthony Rendon activated; Victor Mederos called up

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The Halos made crucial moves ahead of their series with the Diamondbacks.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – In their most recent roster move, the Los Angeles Angels reinstated third baseman Anthony Rendon from the 10-day injured list. Rendon is expected to start at third base Friday against Arizona after suffering a left wrist contusion. 

Rendon has the chance to help the Halos climb in the standings now that he’s healthy and off the IL, but his numbers will need some improvement if that happens. So far this year, Rendon is hitting .248/.366/.316 with a .682 OPS and one home run across 38 games. Due to his recent setbacks, Rendon has seen a .067 batting average with two doubles, one RBI and three runs scored over 30 at-bats in June. 

After Thursday’s loss to Chicago, Rendon expressed to coaches that he felt better and wanted to play again, according to manager Phil Nevin. Two weeks after bruising his wrist, the 33-year-old is back in the fourth slot in the lineup and is set to face Arizona lefty Tommy Henry. 

In other moves, the Halos have selected the contract of top pitching prospect Victor Mederos. The right-handed pitcher has spent most of his time this year at Double-A Rocket City, where he has made 12 starts and allowed a 5.98 ERA across roughly 55 innings. 

“He provides [depth and length] for today,” said Nevin, who went on to add that Mederos was supposed to start in Thursday’s game. 

Mederos was selected by the Angels in the sixth round of the 2022 MLB draft out of Oklahoma State. His mid-90s fastball landed him a no. 29 ranking among Anaheim prospects over the off-season from Baseball America.