Los Angeles Angels Two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani was injured in Monday night’s game against visiting side Baltimore Orioles due to a strain in his right slash.
Ohtani was originally scheduled to bat second as the designated batsman. Brandon Drury will take his place in the lineup.
Ohtani, 29, was diagnosed with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow last month, but the Angel allowed him to continue. He went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 starts that season before being hired as a pitcher.
In 135 games this season, Ohtani hits a .304 with 44 homers and 95 RBIs, leading in the American League. He currently shares the lead in major league home runs with the Atlanta Braves’ Matt Olson.
A three-time All-Star and 2021 AL MVP, Ohtani is a career .274 hitter with 171 homers and 437 RBIs. He also boasts a 38-19 record and a 3.01 ERA in 86 starts over five seasons with the Angel.
The 31-year-old Drury is batting .263 with 19 homers and 65 RBIs in 101 games this season.
Los Angeles went on Monday 64-73, 13 games behind in the AL West and 12 games behind Rangers in the AL wildcard race. Texas holds the third and final playoff spot.
https://deadspin.com/angels-star-shohei-ohtani-oblique-scratched-from-line-1850803009?utm_source=regular Angels star Shohei Ohtani (oblique) has been dropped from the lineup