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MLB: Angels' Shohei Ohtani expects to play Monday, day after early exit

In this April 23, 2022 photo, Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani is seen in the dugout during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, in Anaheim, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani said he expects to play Monday, a day after making an early exit because of tightness in his right groin.

    The two-way AL MVP was the Angels' designated hitter when he was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

    "I was taken out for safety reasons. I was perfectly OK with it," Ohtani said through a translator.

    Ohtani said he expects to be in the lineup for the series finale against the White Sox.

    Ohtani was 0 for 3 with an RBI in the win.

    Angels manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani might have tweaked his groin running to first in the seventh inning on a grounder back to pitcher Jose Ruiz that the White Sox turned into a double play.

    Ohtani is batting .228 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and four stolen bases this season.

    As a pitcher, he's 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA, striking out 30 in 19 1/3 innings. He won his second straight start in his last outing, beating Cleveland on Wednesday.

    Overall, Ohtani has played 22 of the Angels' 23 games this season.

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