Shohei Ohtani to miss third straight game, no timetable for return this year

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Shohei Ohtani remains sidelined with a right oblique injury for the third straight game, while Mike Trout's progress is linked to pain tolerance.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani was out of the Angels lineup for the 3rd consecutive game due to an injury to his right Oblique Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Prior to the game, Angels manager Phil Nevin said Ohtani was going to “take some swings,” and he would reevaluate whether he could suit up or not afterwards. 

After the game, Nevin said Ohtani didn’t end up taking any swings at all.

“He went into the cage to start to get loose and just felt like he was not able to,” Nevin said. “Tomorrow when he comes in we’ll evaluate it and if he feel like he can go he’ll play.”

Nevin downplayed the severity of the injury and said the team is not considering placing Ohtani on the IL at this time.

Matt Thais replaced Ohtani as the Angels’ DH for the final game of the series against the Orioles.

Ohtani’s injury, which is described as “right oblique tightness” occurred on a swing during batting practice Monday at Angel Stadium. 

Nevin also provided an update on Mike Trout, sharing that Trout has not started swinging a bat yet. 

“He was doing all his body work today as normal, just has not started swinging yet,” Nevin said “I’ve said all along it’s a pain tolerance thing and we’ll wait for the pain to get better.” 

There is no timetable for either of the Angels’ stars to return.