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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani get hurt on back-to-back plays

Andrelton Simmons

The Los Angeles Angels suffered an awful stretch during the eighth inning of Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins when Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons got hurt on consecutive plays.

First came Ohtani, who led off the bottom of the eighth and struck out by going around on an 0-2 pitch that actually hit him.

Ohtani remained in the game because as the DH, there was no need to replace him.

The next batter was Simmons, who chopped an 0-1 pitch to the right side. He injured his ankle as he lunged towards the bag.

The Angels are more concerned about the injury status of Simmons, who sprained his ankle. Manager Brad Ausmus said after the game that Ohtani was hit on the ring finger of his right hand.

Neither player had fractures, but Simmons will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his ankle injury.

The four-time Gold Glover is likely looking at a longer absence than Ohtani. Simmons went 1-for-4 in the loss, while Ohtani was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk.

Simmons suffered a sprained ankle last year when he slipped going down the dugout steps.

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