Shohei Ohtani Hasn’t Determined Whether He Will Have a Second Tommy John Surgery; Angels Beat Mets 5-3

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17), of Japan, advance to third bases on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Drury during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, in New York.

NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani had two hits, stole two bases and added an RBI as the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Saturday night.

Ohtani had a hard-hit double in the first that left the bat at 109.6 mph, and added a triple in the second inning. He walked in the fourth inning against reliever Phil Bickford, a move that drew boos from the crowd for a second straight night. He was intentionally walked in the ninth, which also drew boos from the crowd.

Ohtani, who leads the majors with 44 home runs, leads the Angels with 19 steals. The slugger also damaged a video panel in right field on a first-inning foul ball that drew a gasp from the fans.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, drops his bat as he watches his double during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, in New York.

Mickey Moniak hit a long homer and Brandon Drury drove in a pair of runs for Los Angeles, who won its second straight after a four-game losing streak.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his 12th homer and Francisco Lindor extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fourth inning for the Mets.

Mets slugger Pete Alonso left the game in the eighth inning after getting hit near the back of the neck by reliever José Soriano. Alonso leads the majors, getting hit 17 times this season. After getting up, Alonso exchanged words with Los Angeles catcher Logan O’Hoppe, causing the benches to clear. Alonso was replaced by a pinch-runner.

Before the game Los Angeles general manager Perry Minasian told reporters that Ohtani declined imaging after he left an Aug. 3 start against Seattle after four innings and 59 pitches because of cramping in his pitching hand and fingers. He was removed his start on Wednesday after his 26th pitch and a scan revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Ohtani has not spoken with the media since the injury was revealed Wednesday. He is remaining in the Angels lineup as the DH and the team said Ohtani hasn’t determined whether he will have a second Tommy John surgery.

Ohtani sparked the Angels in the first with a one-out double off Carlos Carrasco (3-8) and came around to score on Drury’s single, sliding into home with a nimble slide and immediately jumping up.

Since a brilliant start against Arizona on July 6, Carrasco has allowed 33 earned runs in 29 innings (10.24 ERA).

Los Angeles starter Chase Silseth threw three no-hit innings before leaving the game on a strange play in the fourth. Lindor and McNeil singled. With Vogelbach at the plate, Silseth threw a first-pitch strike, McNeil broke for second, but Lindor remained. O’Hoppe threw to first and Trey Cabbage, who was a late addition to the Angels’ lineup, threw across the diamond to try and get Lindor, who had finally broken for third. However, the ball struck Silseth in the head and caromed to the Angels’ on-deck circle. The Angels’ right-hander initially took a few steps toward third before grabbing his head with his glove and dropping to his knees and eventually onto his stomach on the edge of the grass. Silseth was down for several minutes before leaving the field under his own power with support on each side.

Aaron Loup (2-2) struck out three over 1 2-3 innings to earn the victory. Carlos Estévez earned his 28th save in 30 chances with a scoreless ninth.


Representatives from the Massapequa, New York, international 12-and-under team, the 2023 Little League Softball World Series champions, threw out dual ceremonial first pitches as New York celebrated its second annual Women’s Day. Massapequa defeated Pitt County, North Carolina, 5-2 on Aug. 13 to capture New York’s first softball world series championship.