Angels' Shohei Ohtani might not face Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka

As Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register pointed out, Ohtani is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees after spraining his left ankle during Friday night's contest. He was diagnosed with a mild sprain.

"We're targeting Shohei to pitching somewhere on the weekend in Seattle just to make sure this is behind him and he gets the proper workout to test it more instead of rushing him and trying to see where he is on Wednesday", Scioscia said.

Ohtani is a rookie pitcher/designated hitter from Japan who has performed well in his first month in the majors.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. In his first five outings, he is 3-2 with a 4.97 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout and NY shortstop Didi Gregorius each has a major league-leading 10 home runs.

The sprain puts in jeopardy Ohtani's availability for Saturday's game against NY. He homered against Luis Severino earlier in the game.

Tanaka is coming off his best outing of the season, allowing one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 14-1 win against the visiting Minnesota Twins on Monday.

Ohtani is hitting.341 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 12 games.


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