Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani left Tuesday’s game against the San Diego Padres with a blistered right middle finger. Here’s what you need to know:
Ohtani said after the game that he is unlikely to play in the upcoming All-Star Game. He said his blister is connected to a cracked fingernail that pulled him out of a June 27 game against the White Sox.
Ohtani isn’t sure how the blister will affect his at-bats over the next few days.
The 29-year-old pitched five innings before exiting Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. The Padres defeated the Angels 8–5 to make Los Angeles’ record 45–43.
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What this means for sick angels
The wider angle of this is that angels are in a bad place. Whether or not Ohtani misses any games, the team has fallen significantly in the standings. Four games after clinching a wild-card spot a week ago today. Ohtani is not fully healthy. Anthony Renton said he expects to go to IL. Mike Trout went to IL. Brandon Drury went to IL. A few others were injured. Things are very messy for this team right now. And it’s against the backdrop of the fast-approaching trade deadline.