Angels’ Simmons placed on IL, Ohtani OK

Field Level Media

May 21, 2019 at 10:54 pm.

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle Tuesday, while designated hitter Shohei Ohtani avoided a serious injury to his right ring finger.

Both players were injured in Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

Simmons underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday and the results determined he had a Grade 3 ankle sprain. General manager Billy Eppler said in a statement that Simmons will see a foot and ankle specialist on Wednesday.

Ohtani was hit on the finger as he swung and missed for a strikeout during an eighth-inning at-bat immediately before Simmons came to the plate. He is in Tuesday’s lineup as the designated hitter and batting third.

Simmons was attempting to beat out an infielder bouncer when he tried to stretch his left leg to touch first base. He stepped awkwardly and tumbled to the ground in pain. He was helped off the field and left the game.

Simmons is batting .298 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 46 games. Ohtani is hitting .250 with two homers and eight RBIs in 12 games since returning from elbow surgery.

Infielder Luis Rengifo was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace Simmons on the roster. The 22-year-old Rengifo batted .147 with no homers and one RBI in 11 games for the Angels earlier this season.

Rengifo is batting .275 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 26 games at Salt Lake.