After the victory, the removal of Ohtani was described by the team as precautionary. He could return to the lineup for the series finale in Chicago on Monday.
Ohtani’s interpreter Mizuhara Ippei said: “Because of safety measures, he was taken out of the game by the coaches. “He completely agrees with [being removed]. But for now, he has plans to play tomorrow. “
Ohtani drew 0-3 as the Angel’s designated attacker before being elevated to hit man Jack Mayfield with two runners-up and Los Angeles leading 4-0 in the ninth inning. In the end, the Angels won a run after edging out a five-time White Sox rally in the ninth race.
Angels director Joe Maddon says it’s too early to say whether Ohtani will make his next tentative start on the mound, which has yet to be announced. He last played in Cleveland on April 27.
Ohtani seemed to have an easier time running down the line while landing for doubles in the eighth round.
“I think that’s the cause, yeah,” Maddon said. “I finally noticed, he didn’t finish, it wasn’t him.”
Ohtani hit the .228 mark at the start of the season with 4 homers and 12 RBIs. On the pitch, he drew 2-2 with an ERA 4.19 across four starts.
Angels backed by another strong performance from the start Michael Lorenzenwho is only allowed to run three times in 8.1 sets of work. Mike Trout homered and hit base five times for the Angels, and Mayfield got an RBI single after replacing Ohtani.
Los Angeles is off to a 15-8 start this season and leads the American League West.