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Cozart set for MRI on left forearm strain

Angels infielder misses 3rd straight game Friday vs. Rangers
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ANAHEIM -- Zack Cozart missed his third straight game on Friday night with a left forearm strain. He is scheduled to receive an MRI to determine its severity, and, so far, there are no updates regarding a potential disabled-list stint. Cozart, for one, doesn't believe he'll need one.

"Honestly, it feels better today so I'm not really overly concerned," Cozart said. "I think it's just a matter of pinpointing exactly what's going on and go from there, but it does definitely feel better today."

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ANAHEIM -- Zack Cozart missed his third straight game on Friday night with a left forearm strain. He is scheduled to receive an MRI to determine its severity, and, so far, there are no updates regarding a potential disabled-list stint. Cozart, for one, doesn't believe he'll need one.

"Honestly, it feels better today so I'm not really overly concerned," Cozart said. "I think it's just a matter of pinpointing exactly what's going on and go from there, but it does definitely feel better today."

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"It was just a freak thing," Cozart added. "I don't know what could have caused it, I mean I just took a swing and it just kinda locked up on me. It's still tight right now but gonna get a little picture of it just to make sure nothing's crazy in there and go from there. Hopefully it's nothing."

Cozart, who received Tommy John surgery during his rookie season in 2011, said this injury was unrelated to that procedure. He stressed that it was exclusively a muscle issue.

"It's definitely a muscle issue. It's just a matter of letting that muscle calm down," Cozart said. "It's so tight right now, [the plan] is just get it to relax a little bit."

Cozart's original strategy was to test it out during early batting practice, but now the plan is to forgo any hitting for the foreseeable future. He is hitting .232/.310/.395 with five homers and a 96 wRC+ over 216 plate appearances this season.

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Drake joins 25-man roster; Morris sent down
Oliver Drake, who was claimed off of waivers from the Indians on Thursday, reported to the Major League club on Friday, taking the spot of Akeel Morris, who was sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake. Drake is expected to be a long-reliever out of the bullpen, which has been one of the most overworked in the American League with 215 1/3 innings pitched.

"He'll be a multiple-inning guy," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's got two Major League pitches and when he's on, he's shown he can get Major League hitters out. A couple rough outings here and there with some clubs but we have a lot of confidence in his stuff."

Drake pitched four games with the Indians, going 0-0 with a 12.46 ERA, before being designated for assignment. It was the second time this season that he had been designated for assignment -- he had appeared in 11 games for the Brewers earlier in the year, going 1-0 with a 6.39 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

Ohtani 'penciled in' for a start next Wednesday
Scioscia all but confirmed that Shohei Ohtani will start next Wednesday against the Royals, saying that he was "penciled in" for that date, continuing his once-per-week starting pace -- contingent on his preparation in the coming days.

"Shohei will go through the same paces and make sure that he comes out of each [one] like he does every start, make sure he comes out OK," Scioscia said. "He'll throw a light bullpen [session] tomorrow, heavy bullpen on Monday and just evaluate and see where it is. It'll be obviously some time next week."

Video: LAA@DET: Ohtani whips fastest pitch by starter in '18

It will be Ohtani's ninth start of the season. He is 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA, 3.23 FIP and 1.08 WHIP over 45 1/3 innings thus far this year.

Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com.

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