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David Fletcher sidelined again with sore ankle

Shohei Ohtani bats leadoff in his place on Wednesday night

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels

David Fletcher is out of the lineup again on Wednesday for the Angels, for their series opener against the Padres, his second straight game missed with a sore ankle.

“He’s not going to be able to play tonight,” manager Joe Maddon said on a conference call. “I’m not sure about tomorrow yet, and then into the weekend, so he is truly day to day.”

Fletcher injured the ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Mariners, and left that game in the fifth inning. Before that, Fletcher played in every inning this season, and has been one of the Angels’ most valuable players.

Angels-Padres lineups

Pos Padres Pos Angels
Pos Padres Pos Angels
CF Grisham (L) DH Ohtani (L)
SS Tatis Jr. CF Trout
3B Machado 3B Rendon
1B Hosmer (L) LF Upton
DH Moreland (L) 1B Pujols
2B Croneworth (L) SS Simmons
LF Profar (S) RF Adell
C Castro (L) C Bemboom (L)
RF Allen (S) 2B Rengifo (S)
Julio Teheran vs. Dinelson Lamet on the mound.

Fletcher is hitting .313/.377/.438 this season, all from the leadoff spot, and he’s started games at shortstop, second base, and third base. Fletcher leads the team in Baseball-Reference WAR (1.7), and is second to only Anthony Rendon in FanGraphs WAR (1.5).

Luis Rengifo gets the start at second base on Wednesday against Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet.

Shohei Ohtani is starting atop the Angels batting order for the first time in his career.

Jason Castro starts at catcher for the Padres, his first game since getting traded by the Angels on Sunday.

San Diego made a series of roster moves before Wednesday’s game, adding some of the bevy of players they traded for at the deadline. Mike Clevinger, Greg Allen, and Dan Altavilla were added to the active roster, and Allen starts in right field. Clevinger will start on the mound for San Diego in Thursday’s series finale.

The Padres also placed Wil Myers and Emilio Pagan on the injured list before this two-game series.

Game info

Time: 6:40 p.m. PT

TV: Fox Sports West