Asdrubal Cabrera exited Saturday’s game with a strained hamstring

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Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera exited Saturday’s game against the Astros after two innings due to a hamstring injury, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He had doubled in the bottom half of the second and came around to score on a Rene Rivera single. He was hobbling on his way home, and eventually collapsed on the on-deck circle in front of the dugout.

The Rays made a series of changes to account for Cabrera’s injury. Kevin Kiermaier entered to play center field, Jake Elmore switched from left field to shortstop, Joey Butler moved from right field to left field, and Brandon Guyer moved from center field to right field.

After the game, manager Kevin Cash said he’s hearing good things about Cabrera’s injury, via Roger Mooney of The Tampa TribuneCabrera also said his hamstring is feeling better. So it may not be that serious, but they’ll know more when he undergoes further testing.

Cabrera, 29, is batting .223/.275/.352 with five home runs and 22 RBI on the season.

Shohei Ohtani agrees to $30 million deal for 2023 with Angels

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani agreed to a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season in the two-way superstar’s final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency.

The Angels announced the deal, avoiding a potentially complicated arbitration case with the 2021 AL MVP.

Ohtani’s deal is fully guaranteed, with no other provisions. The contract is the largest ever given to an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $27 million given to Mookie Betts by the Boston Red Sox in January 2020, a month before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ohtani is having another incredible season at the plate and on the mound for the Angels, regularly accomplishing feats that haven’t occurred in the major leagues since Babe Ruth’s heyday. He is a strong contender for the AL MVP award again alongside the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who has tied the AL home run record and is closing in on the batting Triple Crown.

Ohtani is batting .276 with 34 homers, 94 RBIs and a .888 OPS as the Halos’ designated hitter. He is 15-8 with a 2.35 ERA and 213 strikeouts as their ace on the mound, and opponents are batting only .207 against him.

The 28-year-old Ohtani still will be a free agent after the 2023 season, and his future could be tied to the immediate fortunes of the Angels, who will complete their seventh consecutive losing season next week. The Angels didn’t trade Ohtani at the deadline despite being out of the playoff race again, and Ohtani is wildly popular among the club’s fans.

Ohtani repeatedly has said winning will be an important factor in choosing his home beyond 2023, and Angels owner Arte Moreno is currently exploring a sale of the team.

Moreno’s leadership has been widely criticized during the Angels’ mostly miserable run of play since 2009, and a fresh start with deep-pocketed new owners could be the best chance to persuade Ohtani to stay with the franchise he joined in 2018 from Japan. Ohtani immediately won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and he rounded into unique form last season after recovering fully from Tommy John surgery.