Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (groin) plans to return Monday

Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani left Los Angeles’ Sunday game for precautionary reasons against the host Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning due to right groin tightness.

Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara told reporters after Sunday’s game that Ohtani intended to play in the Monday afternoon series finale at Chicago. Angels manager Joe Maddon did not speculate on when Ohtani would be available next.

Ohtani, the reigning American League MVP, did not have a hit in three at-bats as the Angels’ designated hitter. He drove in a run on a third-inning groundout and drew a walk.

In his final at-bat, Ohtani felt a tweak in his groin, according to Maddon, after he grounded into a 1-6-3 double play in the seventh inning. Jack Mayfield replaced Ohtani as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.

In 22 games this season, Ohtani is batting .228 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. In five seasons with the Angels, he is a .262 hitter with 97 home runs with 259 RBIs.

Ohtani last pitched on Wednesday against the Cleveland Guardians, giving up two runs on five hits over five innings to earn the victory and improve to 2-2. His next turn on the mound could be as soon as Tuesday on the road against the Boston Red Sox, although the Angels have yet to announce their starters for that series.

–Field Level Media

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