Two-way star Shohei Ohtani’s locker room at the Angel Stadium has reportedly been cleared out, but the team refused to say why following questions from reporters on Friday night.
Ohtani was out for an 11th straight game with an oblique muscle injury on the night, with the Angels losing 11-2 to the Detroit Tigers, though he was at the stadium prior to the fixture.
According to the Associated Press, nearly all of Ohtani’s personal belongings have been taken out of his locker, with only a fully-packed bag from this year’s All-Star Game and a few workout shirts remaining.
A team spokesman said the team would provide information this Saturday around half an hour after reporters were allowed into the locker room and noticed the player’s personal items were gone.
Ohtani, 29, will be a free agent in the winter following a six-season spell with the Angels and his future has been a subject of speculation, which has only served to intensify following the team dropping out of the playoff race last month,
The Japanese star has been quiet about his impending free agency, while recent injuries have changed the conversation as it pertains to his plans for the long term.
Ohtani was taken off pitching duties this season because of a tear in his right elbow, but the Angels were hoping to see him resume playing as a hitter this month following an oblique strain in batting practice.
He remains on course for a second AL MVP in three years.
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