Shohei Ohtani, a two-way star who is a major talent in the game, won’t pitch Friday for Los Angeles Angels due to a sore right elbow that could limit his ability to be a pitcher for the remainder of the season.
Joe Maddon, Angels manager, said that if there is any lingering soreness you might not see him pitch on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.
Ohtani, 9-2, 3.36 ERA), felt sore while playing catch on Wednesday. Maddon mentioned that he discussed the possibility of Ohtani being the AL MVP for the remainder of the season at a meeting.
Maddon stated that there is no current plan for Ohtani’s medical examination. He also said it has not been decided when Ohtani would resume playing catch.
Ohtani, 27, has not pitched since Sept. 10, when Ohtani was hit for six runs and nine hits in three 1/3 innings at Houston.
Maddon stated that Ohtani would love to pitch in order to win his 10th victory.
Maddon stated, “(Ten wins is always better than nine.” But that is not the driving factor.
Ohtani will continue to be designated hitter despite the arm discomfort. Ohtani was ranked second in major leagues with 44 homers and 74 extra-base hits, and fourth with an.599 slugging percent.