July 26, 2010
HOUSTON - Rice junior baseball player Anthony Rendon, the 2010 Howser Trophy winner and college player of the year, underwent successful ankle surgery Monday (July 26) in Houston.
The three-hour operation that repaired a trimalleolar ankle fracture was performed by Rice team physician Dr. Leland Winston and former team physician Tom Clanton (now with The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Col.). After the surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Dr. Clanton stated he was very pleased with how the procedure went and that he was optimistic about the patient's recovery period.
"The operation went better than expected since the fracture pattern and ligament injuries were less severe than they originally appeared," Dr. Clanton said. "We expect Anthony to make a full recovery and be playing baseball for Rice next Spring."
"It is my understanding that the surgery went very well," said Rice head coach Wayne Graham, who last June completed his 19th season at the helm of the Owls' baseball program. "We expect a full recovery for Anthony."
Rendon injured his ankle on July 14 while playing for the United States National Team on its annual summer tour. In his standout collegiate season of 2010, the Houston native helped lead the Rice baseball program to its 16th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, 16th-consecutive season with 40-or-more wins, and 15th-straight conference championship. He batted .394 while leading Conference USA with 26 home runs, and he was among the nation's leaders in runs scored (83), walks (65), and RBI (85). The former Lamar High School star also maintained an .801 slugging percentage, a .530 on-base percentage, and finished with more home runs (26) than strikeouts (22). Defensively he had a .973 fielding percentage at third base (only four 3B errors all season) and started a total of 16 double-plays for the Blue & Gray.
His accolades from 2010 include the Howser Trophy Award, Baseball America Player of the Year, first team All-America from a host of media organizations, C-USA Male Athlete of the Year, the conference Baseball Player of the Year (for the second-straight year and just the second player in league history to earn that honor in back-to-back seasons), first team all-conference, selection to the C-USA All-Tournament team and being named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Austin Regional.