Chicago-two-way star Shohei Ohtani will not pitch for the Los Angeles Angels on September 17 because of a right arm pain that could sideline him as a pitcher for the rest of the season.
“If there’s any kind of pain, you can’t see the pitch,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said before the team’s game against the Chicago White Sox on September 16.
Ohtani (9-2, 3.36 ERA) was in pain while playing a catch on Wednesday. Maddon stated that he raised the possibility of the AL MVP closing in on the mound for the rest of the season during a meeting.
Maddon said that there are currently no plans to have Ohtani examined by a doctor, nor has it been determined when he will try to resume playing.
Ohtani, 27, has not pitched since September 10, when he was tagged in for six runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in a loss in Houston.
Maddon said Ohtani would like to continue pitching in an effort to secure his 10th win.
“(Ten wins) always looks better than nine,” Maddon said. “But you can’t let that be the driving factor.”
Hand trouble would not stop Ohtani from serving as a designated hitter. Ohtani finished second in Thursday’s game against the White Sox with 44 home runs and 74 extra-base hits, and fourth with a .599 slugging percentage.
by Mark Gonzales
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times