Los Angeles (AFP)
Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will miss his scheduled pitching start on Friday after experiencing arm pain, and manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t sure he’ll start again this season .
Maddon said the angels have not closed Ohtani yet and are hoping that he will only get tired in the late season.
“When he’s feeling great, I adamantly don’t see anything wrong with (his pitching again),” said Maddon.
“But if there is any persistent pain, you may not see it pause. I just don’t know this answer yet. “
Maddon said he asked Ohtani if he might be closed for the remainder of the season, either as a pitcher or a hitter, where he has slumped averaging .147 strokes in the last 20 games.
“He felt like he was still good and he still wants to do it,” said Maddon. “But I broached the subject with him.”
Ohtani underwent ligament replacement surgery on Tommy John’s elbow in 2018 after completing 10 pitching starts in his first Major League Baseball season.
He didn’t serve at all in 2019, his season as a hitter ended prematurely due to knee surgery.
It returned to the hill in 2020 but was eventually closed due to a right forearm injury.
That season, Ohtani emerged as the top pitcher in the Angels’ starting rotation, with a dominant fastball and excellent mastery of a number of breaking pitches.
In 21 starts he has a 3.36 ERA, 136 strikeouts and a 9-2 record.
In August, he pushed himself into conversation with the most valuable players in the American League, and on August 18, he scored his 40th home run of the season.
The 27-year-old former Nippon Ham Fighters star became the first left-handed batter in Angels history to hit 40 homers, beating Reggie Jackson’s previous left-handed high of 39 in 1982.
He has since added four more homers to his list.
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