Anthony Rendon expected to miss first Opening Day with Angels

ANAHEIM >> It looks like Anthony Rendon’s debut with the Angels won’t come on Opening Day.

Rendon, who signed a seven-year, $245-million deal with the Angels in December, has been out for a week because of oblique tightness that is now expected to keep him out when the Angels open their season in Oakland on Friday.

“He more than likely may miss a couple in Oakland,” Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. “We’re not ready to do anything more than that.”

Maddon said Rendon “is on a pretty good path,” and “keeps getting better,” but that progress apparently hasn’t been enough to get him into the lineup for the first couple games, at least, of the four-game series in Oakland.

If the Angels place him on the injured list, he’d need to miss at least seven games.

Despite the season being just 60 games long, Maddon said the Angels don’t want to push Rendon and have him suffer a more serious injury.

“You don’t want to bring him back early and lose him for the whole year,” Maddon said.

The Angels are likely to use David Fletcher at third and Tommy La Stella at second for the games that Rendon is unavailable. It’s also possible that Luis Rengifo, who has a hamstring issue, could be ready to go by Opening Day, so he could get into the lineup. Most likely Rengifo would play second against a lefty, with Fletcher at third.

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