Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani not in lineup due to groin injury but pinch hits; next start is mound up in air

CHICAGO – Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani wasn’t in the starting lineup Monday against the Chicago White Sox but did pinch hit after suffering a minor groin injury running to first base Sunday.

Ohtani entered the game in the top of the eighth as a pinch hitter and grounded out.

“We got him out of the game yesterday, more as a precaution than anything,” trainer Mike Frostad said Monday morning.

Ohtani’s injury didn’t require an MRI and the team is hopeful he’ll be back in the starting lineup in the next day or two.

“Nothing to rush on this yet,” manager Joe Maddon said.

Ohtani was scheduled to pitch Tuesday in Boston but that will be pushed back until he’s ready to go. Maddon was asked if Ohtani will pitch at all in the three-game series against the Red Sox.

“I hope so,” they responded. “We’re going to wait a day or two to figure that out. He’s feeling pretty good today.”

Frostad added: “We’ll have to see how it plays out over the next couple of days. We’re not at a position right now, on Monday, to make a determination on his next start.”

Ohtani was pinch hit for in the ninth inning of Sunday’s win over the White Sox after hitting into a double play two innings earlier. He slowed down as he approached first base, leading to him coming out of the game.

Ohtani ranks first in the American League with 17 runs and has a 4.19 ERA in four games started on the mound.