The Los Angeles Angels were hit with more bad news after placing their star outfielder, Mike Trout, on the 10-day injured list due to a broken left wrist. During their game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, the Angels faced additional setbacks in the form of injuries.
In the fourth inning of the Angels’ 8-5 loss, third baseman Anthony Rendon had to exit the game after fouling a ball off his leg. Fortunately, X-rays revealed that he had a left shin contusion, but there was no significant damage.
Adding to their woes, the Angels’ exceptional two-way player, Shohei Ohtani, was forced to leave the game due to a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. This happened immediately after he gave up consecutive home runs in the sixth inning. Ohtani’s performance included allowing five runs and seven hits, striking out five batters, and issuing four walks.
Ohtani, who secured his third consecutive All-Star selection as a two-way player, was chosen by his peers to join the American League pitching staff. However, Ohtani expressed uncertainty about his participation as a pitcher in the upcoming All-Star Game in Seattle on July 11.
“It’s going to be quite challenging. At the moment, I don’t plan on pitching,” Ohtani conveyed through an interpreter.
Nevertheless, if Ohtani remains in good health, he could still make a significant impact by serving as the starting designated hitter in the All-Star Game.
In the ninth inning, when it was Ohtani’s turn as the designated hitter, Jo Adell stepped in as a pinch-hitter.
“After I left the game, I was caught up in the moment, so we’ll have to see how things progress in the next few days,” Ohtani commented. “Regarding pitching, I have about nine or ten days until my next start, so hopefully I’ll have enough time to heal.”
Ohtani’s start had been delayed by a day due to a cracked nail on the same finger where the blister developed. On Tuesday, his velocity was lower, and he left the game with the Angels trailing 5-1.
“It was difficult for me to apply full pressure on it,” Ohtani explained.
In his previous start, Ohtani left the game as a pitcher but remained in as the designated hitter and even hit a home run, contributing to a 4-2 victory against the Chicago White Sox.
“It seems they put an acrylic nail on there because of the crack, and it might have irritated the skin on the side of the finger,” shared Angels manager Phil Nevin. “It felt like he wasn’t able to command his pitches going into the sixth inning. We discussed it, and he felt good and warmed up, giving me a thumbs-up.”
When asked if the blister would affect Ohtani’s ability to bat, Nevin responded, “I don’t think so. It’s just the tip of the middle finger, and I think he’ll be okay.”
After Tuesday’s game, Rendon was seen using crutches and indicated that he was still experiencing significant pain. When asked about the possibility of going on the injured list, Rendon said he would know more on Wednesday but expressed doubt, saying, “It’s not looking good.”
The Angels are already without Trout for several weeks. Despite fracturing his hamate bone when he fouled off a pitch on Monday night, Trout remains optimistic about returning this season.
“Of course,” Trout affirmed on Tuesday, shortly after it was announced that he had been placed on the injured list. “I’ve had others who’ve had this surgery or injury reach out to me. I’m not sure if I’ll need surgery or not. We’ll find out in the next couple of days
. Some players came back in four weeks, while others took longer depending on how their bodies healed.”
Trout, who was selected to his 11th All-Star team, expressed disappointment about missing the upcoming All-Star Game, as he had been eagerly looking forward to it.
“I was really excited about it,” he shared. “It’s frustrating.”
Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker will replace Trout on the American League roster.
Speaking to reporters before Tuesday’s game, Nevin mentioned that the team would seek another medical opinion on Trout’s wrist but indicated that “usually these things need to be fixed.” He added, “To be honest, when I went out there, I had a feeling. I’ve seen players with similar symptoms before.”
Nevin expressed his concerns, saying, “When you feel something go or experience any kind of discomfort, there are a lot of concerns that arise, but luckily it’s a bone injury. It’s not a ligament or anything serious like that. Players have successfully returned from this type of injury and performed well. Mike will rejoin us at some point during the season. I know he’s eager to get back out there, but I also understand that he’s in pain. It’s difficult to see him go through this.”
Nevin revealed that Mickey Moniak and Jo Adell would take over in center field while Trout is sidelined. Adell was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake, along with right-hander Gerardo Reyes. Moniak started in Tuesday’s game against Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove. Moniak, who grew up in northern San Diego County, was the first overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft.
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