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Say Cheese: Ohtani Body Double Finds Way into Angels’ Team Photo



The LA Angels use a body double for Shohei Ohtani during team photo day due to his absence. Manager Phil Nevin hints at Photoshop use for final photo. (AP/Jeff Chiu)
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — It is next to impossible to replace all that Shohei Ohtani can do when standing on a baseball field, although the Los Angeles Angels did their best for a few minutes Tuesday.

The Body Double

With Ohtani unavailable for team photo day, as he continues to be examined for oblique soreness that cropped up Monday, the team put a body double in a No. 17 jersey and lined him up in the outfield with the rest of the players.

After the photo was completed, the Ohtani imposter was ushered out of a tunnel beyond the left field wall.

Manager’s Response

During his pregame session with the media, Angels manager Phil Nevin was asked if the body double, with a strikingly similar frame to Ohtani, could potentially pitch or hit.

“Shohei will be in the photo when you see it,” Nevin said with a smile, suggesting that somebody’s Photoshop skills will be pressed into service.

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