Shohei Otani hasn’t been in a home run derby since the Angels lost to the Astros

brace home run derby was announced on Thursday. Notably, this final list was missing Shohei Otaniwhich fans hoped would make another appearance at the All-Star week event.

The last place went to Corey Seeger Texas Rangers, who will play in the derby for only the second time since 2016, when he was National League Rookie of the Year as Dodger.

Otani said on Wednesday that he has not yet made a decision whether to participate in the derby this year because he is not sure how long he will play in the championship. All-Star Game the next day.

Now that the derby has been decided, fans can keep waiting to find out when Otani will serve and play as the designated hitter in the All-Star Game.

Thursday before AngelsThe Houston Astros lost 3-2 in overtime, and American League All-Star manager Dusty Baker said Otani was willing to do whatever Baker wanted him to do.

“I’m just glad he’s on my side for at least one day and not the other side because, man, he can file,” Baker also said of Otani after seeing him take apart his Astros on Wednesday. . “Last night he showed a great game.

And he’s getting better, and it’s scary. The fact that we’re in the same division as him, and we’re going to face him more than Boston or the Yankees or anyone else.”

On Thursday, Otani went one-for-three, walked twice and scored one run in the third inning.

Trout update

Mike Trout of the Angels stands in the batter's field during the third inning against the Houston Astros.

Mike Trout of the Angels stands in the batter’s field during the third inning against the Houston Astros on Tuesday at Angel Stadium.

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Mike Trout was out of the Angels’ starting lineup for the second game in a row on Thursday, their series finale against the Astros at Angel Stadium. Interim manager Phil Nevin planned to remove him from the starting lineup on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, Nevin said Trout felt “really good” and “if we need him late in the game, I think he’s gotten to the point where he can give me a bat today,” warning that he hoped he wouldn’t have to. use him.

Asked if Trout would be out of the starting lineup for the final two games leading up to the All-Star break, Nevin said he hoped to add him back to the starting lineup at Friday’s first Freeway Series event if he continued to feel good.

But after Thursday’s game, which had 10 innings, four of which were tied, and ended with the Angels winning 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and 14 men on base, Nevin said Trout was unavailable for games.

“We’ll talk about it in the morning, see how he feels when he wakes up,” Nevin said. “[He felt] much better today. In fact, it was my decision on this matter … If he tells me that he is ready to go tomorrow, then I will trust him in this.

Trout was pulled from the middle of Tuesday’s game due to spasms in his upper back he was trying to get through. His back started hurting when the team was in Miami last week against the Marlins.

Wade is back

Tyler Wade was traded to the New York Yankees for cash or a player to be named. Wade was then sent to the Yankees’ Tri-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders.

The Angels nominated Wade for the July 3 appointment. He went unclaimed after receiving waivers and remained in Salt Lake City with the A’s.

Back in New York, Wade returns to the team that selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, in which the Murrieta Valley High product played for five seasons.