After originally being included in Monday’s Angels lineup prior to the 8-5 win over the Mariners in 11 innings, Shohei Ohtani was scratched just under three hours before first pitch due to the right oblique injury that had sidelined him for the previous week.
“He feels really close,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said. “It just didn’t work out today. But it could be tomorrow. It could be Wednesday. But he feels confident it’s any day now.” Ohtani was replaced at designated hitter by Mike Moustakas.
Logan O’Hoppe had quite a day at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with two home runs and a double Monday night.
Brandon Drury put the the Angels ahead with a two-run homer in the 10th inning before Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run home run of his own in the bottom frame of the inning to tie the game at 5.
Randal Grichuk had the go-ahead RBI single to open up a 3-run 11th inning that proved to be the difference maker for the Angels.
Ohtani initially sustained his oblique injury during batting practice at Angel Stadium the previous Monday, which led to his late scratch from that evening’s game. Subsequent tests revealed there was not a significant strain, yet he remained sidelined for the Angels’ remaining seven home games.
Notably, Ohtani’s oblique injury occurred on the same day that his agent, Nez Balelo, addressed the media regarding his client’s future amid the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Following the UCL tear during a pitching performance against the Reds on August 23, it was announced Ohtani would not pitch for the remainder of the season.