If not for Ohtani, Angels don’t muster much against Dodgers

The Angels almost couldn’t get a single run from the Dodgers in back-to-back games.

If Shohei Ohtani’s monster batter hadn’t broken Tyler Anderson’s no-hit bid in the ninth inning on Wednesday, they would have ended this edition of the Freeway Series without much of a fight.

“Anderson put in a hell of a game,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said afterwards.

With an out in the ninth inning, Ohtani stared at the Dodgers starter and pressed his first pitch, an 86.9-mile cutter, into the right field corner.

Ohtani broke first and didn’t stop until he was third. He eventually made it home with Matt Duffy’s single. But it was all for nothing. The Dodgers still walked away with a 4-1 win over the Angels.

“This game is tough,” Nevin said. “I will never forget how difficult it was to play. I promise you that. …I wouldn’t consider that a blowout at all. It just doesn’t look good because you don’t get a hit until the ninth.”

To make matters worse, the update on Anthony Rendon’s pre-game wrist didn’t bring much clarity to the Angels either.

The third baseman was drawn in the midst of Tuesday’s Freeway Series loss at Dodger Stadium and decided day-to-day, with further evaluations to be made Wednesday. But ahead of Wednesday’s game, neither Nevin nor athletic coach Mike Frostad had much more to offer other than make him feel sore and they hope he gets better during their streak in Seattle.

Rendon didn’t start on Wednesday but Nevin hadn’t ruled out his two-time silver slugger coming off the bench, at least before the game.

The nature of Rendon’s wrist injury differs from day to day, according to Nevin. And avoiding the injury list will depend largely on his pain tolerance, according to Frostad.

The Angels’ talks about bringing him back to the IL will begin sooner rather than later.

“He’s exhausting all options, treatments and everything he’s doing,” Nevin said ahead of the game. “Feels like today if he can give it a day maybe he’ll feel better tomorrow when we get to Seattle. It goes on, he wakes up every day and it feels different.

“Hopefully he wakes up tomorrow and feels better. If not, then we need to start with that [IL] Conversations.”

When asked if Rendon activated from the IL too soon, Frostad said his return wasn’t “sooner than we anticipated. …Once we had a different opinion on it, we might have sped things up a bit [and] we also assume it.”

At the moment, the angels have no plans to give him another MRI scan or give him any pain injections to ease his discomfort – the word Rendon used on Tuesday to describe how his wrist was feeling. His wrist problem is a flare-up from the injury that sidelined him on May 28.

While utility infielder Jack Mayfield, who was with the cab squadron, is an option, he was not listed as available. Nevin has no intention of putting Rendon on the IL without at least giving him some extra rest to see if his wrist improves in the coming days.

Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon dives for a ball hit by New York Mets' Luis Guillorme for a single.

Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon jumps after a ball hit for a single by New York Mets’ Luis Guillorme during the eighth inning June 10 at Angel Stadium.

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Nevin watched video of Rendon’s at-bats on Tuesday and noticed his top hand came off the bat as he swung – and that made him wince. But the problem, as Rendon explained Tuesday night, doesn’t just bother him on the plate. It also affects him when he plays.

“I appreciate what he’s doing trying to be out there for his club,” Nevin said. “It’s really how he works and the feature isn’t great at the moment but it changes throughout the day.”

In the 45 games he’s played so far this season, he’s logged 37 hits, 15 runs including five home runs, 24 RBIs and 23 walks.

He returned from his last stay in IL on June 10th.

More Mariners’ appetizers

Right-hander Michael Lorenzen is scheduled to serve for the Angels on Friday, the second game of their series with the Mariners.

Left-hander Patrick Sandoval will start the first game of the day with two games in Seattle on Saturday.

Injury updates

This season’s Angels’ IL endurance riders have made some progress.

Right-handed pitcher Cooper Criswell (right shoulder pain), who has been on the injured list since the start of the season, threw off a mound and faced live bats at the team’s Arizona facility.

He last faced live hitters on Tuesday and is expected to have another live BP session on Friday.

The Angels hope to use him in live game simulations if all goes well after Friday.

Fellow right-handed pitcher Chris Rodriguez (shoulder surgery) was able to start catching this week after his six-week shutdown. The Angels have no timeline for his return and are skeptical he will perform this season.

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Emma Bowman

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