Angels’ starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval was forced to exit Monday’s game against the Texas Rangers, citing tightness in his right oblique, according to team officials.
During the game, Sandoval unleashed a 94 mph sinker to designated hitter Mitch Garver, which led to a walk. Immediately following the pitch, he disengaged from the mound, visibly grimaced and removed his glove.
Observing the situation, Angels’ third baseman Mike Moustakas urgently signaled to the dugout for medical assistance. Manager Phil Nevin and a team trainer dashed onto the field to evaluate Sandoval’s condition.
After a brief consultation on the mound that included Nevin, the trainer, and the infield, Sandoval was pulled from the game. José Suarez subsequently stepped in to fill the pitching void.