Shohei Ohtani Out for Saturday's Game vs. Yankees After Suffering Ankle Injury

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April 27, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) breaks his bat and is thrown out at first base in the fourth inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

"I think he's doing something very special", Tanaka said of the two-way Ohtani, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Albert Pujols will replace Ohtani as the Angels' designated hitter, according to the lineup. "We're going to evaluate it on a daily basis just to see what he can do"'.

There's no timetable now set for the 23-year-old pitcher/slugger to return to the field, though he's expected to undergo further evaluation on Saturday.

Ohtani (ankle) may throw a bullpen session Monday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. "I look at it as we're trying to beat the Angels tonight". If all goes smoothly with his recovery process, he should stay on track to make his next scheduled start against the Orioles on Tuesday.

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But Scioscia said there is cause for concern because the injury is to Ohtani's left ankle, which receives more stress than the other ankle when Ohtani is on the mound because he lands on his left foot.

But it's possible he could get an at-bat in a pinch-hit situation.

The sprain puts in jeopardy Ohtani's availability for Saturday's game against NY.

"He might be available to pinch hit", Scioscia said.

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