A day after he was drilled in the right elbow by a 93.4-mph fastball, Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani was scratched from Monday night’s scheduled start against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium.
Left-hander José Quintana took Ohtani’s place and took a beating in a 7-3 loss, giving up five runs and six hits in a 3 2/3-inning start that could jeopardize his spot in the rotation, but the pitcher was the least of the team’s concerns.
Of far greater significance was a scary scene in the eighth inning, when third baseman and cleanup man Anthony Rendon crumpled to the ground after fouling a pitch from sidearm-throwing Ryan Thompson off his left knee and had to be helped off the field.
The play was eerily reminiscent of one in which then-Angels infielder Tommy La Stella fouled a ball off his right leg and suffered a fractured tibia in June 2019. Rendon, who recently returned from a left-groin strain, was replaced by Scott Schebler, who struck out to end the inning
But the Angels got some good news after the game when X-rays of Rendon’s knee were negative. He was diagnosed with a bruise and listed as day to day.
“It did not look good live — he hit himself pretty good,” manager Joe Maddon said. “You see guys get hit like that, you think a lot of different things.”
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