Shohei Ohtani reacts to a Henry Davis home run. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani made news Friday night, as the Los Angeles Angels two-way supertaster reportedly cleared out his locker in the team’s clubhouse. Jeff Fletcher, the Angels beat writer for the SoCal News Group, reported the news and indicated that the Angels told reporters that they would have no information on what transpired until Saturday.

The Athletic’s Sam Blum added that “there’s a bag that’s packed,” and that the Angels declined to say Friday why it is happening or what it means. 

Here’s more from Blum in The Athletic as he added a bit more context:

Shohei Ohtani’s locker was cleared out following the Los Angeles Angels’ 11-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers at home Friday. A fully packed All-Star Game duffel bag was sitting in front of it, and nearly all of his baseball gear and personal belongings were no longer in his locker.

Ohtani, who has missed the last 11 games with an oblique injury, in addition to the UCL tear in his pitching elbow, has been described as “day-to-day” as Angels manager Phil Nevin over the past two weeks. The injury, according to Blum, was not considered serious and there was a general expectation that he would avoid going on the injured list.

Those in the MLB world were quick to react to the mysterious Ohtani news:

It remains to be seen if this is the last time we’ve seen Ohtani in an Angels’ uniform. It is perfectly normal for a player to clear out his locker if he’s out for the season, but the Angels’ silence on the situation speaks volumes.

[The Athletic]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.