Ohtani in lineup day after collision at home

September 8th, 2018

CHICAGO -- While trying to score on a wild pitch, Angels designated hitter collided with reliever at home plate in the ninth inning of Saturday's 12-3 win over the White Sox and was diagnosed with a right thigh contusion.

Ohtani is day to day, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday, but hit cleanup in Sunday's finale. He went 1-for-3 with a double and was caught stealing third base in the eighth inning.

"He was fine," Scioscia said after Sunday's 1-0 win. "He had no problem running. [] made a really good throw on the stolen base at third. Didn't quite get the jump he was looking for, but he was running well. On the double in the gap, he was running really well."

Ohtani got up gingerly after the collision on Saturday, but was able to walk off the field under his own power.

He said Saturday through the team interpreter that he will be fine, and if "Scioscia's going to write my name, then I'll be ready."

Ohtani added that he wasn't sure at first where Vieira struck him, but after viewing the replay he said Vieira's "shin kind of got above my kneecap."