The Los Angeles Angels are hoping to keep two-way star Shohei Ohtani in the lineup despite an early exit with a blister on his pitching hand Tuesday.
Manager Mike Scioscia hopes to have Ohtani ready for his next start on the mound and continue to use him as a designated hitter in the meantime.
“We’ll be flexible,” Scioscia said. “Obviously this is a new wrinkle right now with the blister coming up. We’ll read how we get later in the week. He’s going to hit a couple times, obviously, before he pitches again. We’ll see where everything sets up.”
The Angels right-hander was removed after two innings in a 10-1 loss to the Red Sox.
Ohtani allowed three runs in two innings against the visiting Red Sox, yielding a homer to Boston’s first batter, Mookie Betts. He allowed four hits and two walks, and he threw a wild pitch.
Ohtani said after the game that he had actually developed the blister in his previous start against the Oakland Athletics.
“People took a look at it, and they thought it would be fine for today,” Ohtani said, through an interpreter. “I also felt the same way, but I tried to pitch today, and with the high intensity of the game, it didn’t hold up too well.”
Ohtani had a perfect game going through the first 19 batters in that game.
Entering Tuesday’s game, Ohtani was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA through two major league starts. In eight games as the Angels’ designated hitter, Ohtani is batting .367 with three homers, 11 RBIs and a .767 slugging percentage that would lead the American League if he had enough at-bats to qualify.
–Field Level Media