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Matt Carpenter was removed from Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals after he was hit by a pitch on the right hand.According to the team Gleyber Torres Jersey , X-rays on Carpenter's hand came back negative, and he was removed "for precautionary reasons."Through April, Carpenter was batting.155 and slugging .274. Since then, the three-time All-Star has been on a tear. For the season Tyler Austin Jersey , he boasts a.277/.389/.592 slash line to go along with a league-leading 33 home runs, 68 RBI and a .981 OPS.His 5.0 WAR leads all position players in the National League, per FanGraphs.The Cardinals have improved following the firing of manager Mike Matheny, but they still have a lot of work to do to return to the postseason for the first time since 2015.The race for the National League Central division title will likely be decided by only a few games Clint Frazier Jersey , and the same goes for the final NL wild-card spots. Even if Carpenter misses a game or two, losing him for any length of time would be a big blow for the Cardinals. Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesLos Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani hasn't decided if he will undergo Tommy John surgery.Per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Ohtani said Friday he will close out the 2018 season as a hitter as he continues to deliberate whether to have elbow ligament reconstruction.Fletcher noted that Ohtani seems "mostly resigned" to having the surgery but isn't certain at this point.On Wednesday, the AngelsrecommendedTommy John surgery for Ohtani after an MRI revealed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament."For now , he's cleared to hit," Angels general manager Billy Epplertold reporters. "I think we saw effectiveness even last night [when he homered] with the ligament being in the situation it's currently in. He is cleared to hit still."That same night, Ohtani went 4-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored in the Angels' 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.The Japan native added he doesn't plan to give up pitching Stephen Piscotty Jersey , via Fox Sports West'sPatrick O'Neal.Ohtani has been terrific in his first MLB season. The 24-year-old is hitting .287/.367/.579 with 18 homers in 247 at-bats. He also has a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 51.2 innings as a pitcher.

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