Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani has been scratched from Tuesday’s pitching start against the New York Yankees due to continued soreness in his right wrist.
Ohtani’s pitching hand was hit by a pitch while he swung against San Diego Padres left-hander Ryan Weathers on Saturday. X-rays were negative.
But Angels manager Joe Maddon told reporters Monday that Ohtani is unable to pitch and won’t do so again until the soreness is gone.
Maddon said Ohtani will continue to be available as the team’s designated hitter. The 27-year-old leads the majors with 41 homers and became the first player in franchise history with at least 40 homers and 20 steals in the same season when he stole a base later in Saturday’s game.
Ohtani, who made the All-Star team as both a hitter and pitcher, is 8-1 on the mound with a 3.00 ERA in 19 starts. He is batting .264 with 89 RBIs.
Maddon also said the team many soon make a decision on whether to shut down center fielder Mike Trout for the season. The three-time American League MVP hasn’t played since May 17 due to a right calf strain that occurred while he was running the bases.
Maddon indicated that a discussion with Trout will likely occur within the next week or two. Maddon said that Trout remains sore but still hopes to play again this season.
In 36 games, Trout is hitting .333 with a .466 on-base percentage, eight home runs, 18 RBIs and 23 runs scored.
–Field Level Media