LEADING OFF: Luzardo hurt playing video game, Ohtani starts

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Monday:


Athletics left-hander Jesús Luzardo will be off the mound for a while. He might also be staying away from video games.

Luzardo is out indefinitely after breaking the pinkie finger on his pitching hand when he thumped a table while playing a video game. The injury occurred before his start Saturday.

An X-ray after a loss to Baltimore showed a hairline fracture and Luzardo was put on the 10-day injured list. Oakland manager Bob Melvin said he didn’t know how long Luzardo would be out.

Luzardo wound up pitching three innings and allowed six runs, three of them earned. He is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six starts this season.


Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to start for the Angels when they face Tampa Bay ace Tyler Glasnow in Anaheim.

Ohtani earned his first win in three starts this season in his previous outing, overcoming a rough first inning at Texas. He has a 3.29 ERA in 23 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Ohtani ranks among the major league leaders with eight home runs this season. The two-way star could be the batting order when Los Angeles takes on Glasnow (3-1, 1.67 ERA), who has fanned 56 in 37 2/3 innings.


Milwaukee outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain are expected to return to action during the upcoming series that starts in Philadelphia. President of baseball operations David Stearns says it’s possible they could be ready Monday night.

Yelich hasn’t played since April 11 due to a lower back strain. Cain is recovering from a left quad strain and last played on April 13.


Toronto begins a 10-game, 11-day road trip through three different time zones, starting in Oakland. The Blue Jays also will make stops in Houston and Atlanta.

Lefty Steven Matz (4-1) faces Athletics righty Frankie Montas (2-2) in the opener at the Coliseum.

The Blue Jays will see if George Springer is able to play. He exited early in Sunday’s win over Atlanta with leg fatigue.

Springer was the designated hitter for the fourth consecutive game since making his Toronto debut Wednesday. The 2017 World Series MVP signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal with the Blue Jays this offseason but missed time because of a strained oblique and later because of a right quadriceps strain.

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