Angels 3B Rendon on IL for third time this year

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Third baseman Anthony Rendon has been placed on the Los Angeles Angels’ injured list for the third time before the All-Star break.

Rendon went on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left hamstring strain that occurred Sunday. The Angels recalled infielder Jack Mayfield from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace him.

Rendon has struggled with injuries and inconsistent production at the plate throughout the second season of a $245 million, seven-year contract he signed as a free agent to join Los Angeles after winning the World Series in a career year with Washington in 2019.

The slugger has played in just 58 of the Angels’ 84 games, and he is batting a career-low .240 with six homers – just three since May 3 – and 34 RBIs. He was 11 for 47 with two homers in his final 13 games before his latest injury.

Rendon missed 11 games in April with a groin strain. He then missed nine games in May with a bruise after fouling a ball off his left knee.

The Angels (42-42) entered Tuesday’s game against Boston still managing to stay around .500 despite being without their three highest-paid players for long stretches of the season.

Mike Trout has been out since May 17 with a strained right calf that will sideline him at least until the All-Star break, and left fielder Justin Upton is returning slowly from a back injury that has kept him out since June 22.

Rendon will be eligible to return after the Angels come back from the All-Star break next week. Trout also is eligible to return shortly after the break, but it’s not clear when he’ll be ready.

Trout took batting practice on the field Monday in the latest step in his recent return to baseball activities, but it’s still uncertain when the three-time AL MVP will begin the rehab assignment that would precede his return to Anaheim.

The Angels also said outfielder Scott Schebler cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.