Ohtani pulled from lineup due to oblique muscle tightness

In Major League Baseball, Japanese two-way star Ohtani Shohei of the Los Angeles Angels was removed from Monday's lineup against the Baltimore Orioles due to tightness in his right oblique muscles.

Ohtani was slated to bat second as a designated hitter, but the club announced about an hour before the game that he would not be playing.

Ohtani had cut short his pre-game batting practice, and appeared to be feeling discomfort in his side.

Angels Manager Phil Nevin said after the game that Ohtani is "pretty sore" and will undergo further testing on Tuesday morning.

If Ohtani is put on the injured list, it would be his first time in four years since he returned as batter in 2019.

Meanwhile, Ohtani's agent Nez Balelo told reporters on Monday that no decision has been made on the treatment plan for the athlete's torn ligament in his right elbow.

Balelo said Ohtani's spirits are high and he is in a good place mentally.

He explained that the ligament tear is in a different place from where Ohtani received Tommy John surgery in 2018. He said the graft that was put in at the time remains intact, and that they have received positive feedback from several doctors.

Balelo added that Ohtani will need some sort of procedure to heal the torn ligament, but he did not comment on whether there would be a second Tommy John surgery.