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Angels’ Ohtani’s next start on mound a moving target

Shohei Ohtani did not start for the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday in an anticipated showdown with Masahiro Tanaka at Yankee Stadium and his next turn in the rotation might be delayed until Friday.

Ohtani was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday, when he was not in the lineup as designated hitter.

The health of outfielder Justin Upton might be a factor in the complex Ohtani start scenarios. Upton is dealing with a bruised forearm — though he was in the starting lineup Monday, batting third and playing left field.

The Angels have an opening in the rotation on Wednesday, but manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels are weighing “workload management” before slotting Ohtani in the rotation this week.

Los Angeles are opening a four-game series in Detroit on Memorial Day. Scioscia said it’s still possible the Angels will pitch Ohtani in Detroit.

Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. The two-way rookie sensation also has appeared in 30 games at the plate, batting .291 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

–Field Level Media

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