Geovany Soto exits game with left groin strain

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Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Geovany Soto left tonight’s game against the Cardinals in the bottom of the first inning with a left groin strain.

It’s not clear how the injury occurred, but Carrie Muskat of MLB.com writes that Soto appeared to hurt himself while going after a foul ball during Matt Holliday’s at-bat in the top of the inning.

Soto is batting .226/.322/.387 with three homers and 12 RBI over his first 121 plate appearances this season. He has just nine hits over his last 51 at-bats.

Koyie Hill hit for Soto in the bottom of the first and would receive the majority of the playing time behind the plate if the injury requires a stint on the disabled list.

Eric Hinske joins Angels as a hitting coach

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The Angels announced on Monday that Eric Hinske has joined the team to serve as the new hitting coach. Hinske had been the hitting coach for the Cubs since 2014.

Hinske, 40, spent parts of 12 years in the majors, though he never played for the Angels (or the Cubs). He put up a .762 OPS over his career.

Dave Hansen had been the Angels hitting coach since the end of the 2015 season but the Angels decided to part ways with him heading into 2018.