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OC Register: Anthony Rendon is still sore, leaving him questionable for Angels’ opener

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Anthony Rendon’s availability for the Angels opener isn’t looking quite as promising as it was just a day earlier.

Joe Maddon said on Monday afternoon that Rendon’s oblique was “a little bit sore today” and they had to “back off his work.”

The Angels are set to open the season on Friday in Oakland, and Maddon was noncommittal about his readiness.

“Knowing him, he’s going to want to play that first game,” Maddon said. “I can’t tell you for sure he’s out of it yet or how long he’s going to be out of it. He’s very motivated. It’s just that we’ve got to get past the soreness.”

Rendon felt tightness in his oblique during Wednesday’s intrasquad game. The Angels everyday players had the day off on Thursday, and Rendon didn’t play in any of the three intrasquad games over the weekend. Most of the other regulars were in the lineup for Monday’s game against the Padres in San Diego.

If Rendon is unable to play this weekend, the Angels would likely go with David Fletcher at third, Maddon said.

There are other possibilities, including Matt Thaiss at third. Maddon also said that there’s a chance that Luis Rengifo could be available, which could affect the lineup. Rengifo missed the start of camp and has also been dealing with a hamstring issue.

Asked if Rendon could miss just a few days of the season, or if the injured list was a possibility, Maddon said he wasn’t sure. If a player starts the season on the 10-day injured list, it can only be retroactive three days, so the minimum he would miss would be seven days.

“All I know is that he’s a little bit sore today,” he said. “It’s one of those things. Those types of injuries are so unpredictable. And I really don’t like to give finish lines for injuries.”

More to come on this story.

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