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BASEBALL | Shohei Ohtani Pulled From Scheduled Start Due to Sore Arm

The Angels hurler may not pitch again this season, manager Joe Maddon said, adding that Ohtani’s designated hitter duties won’t be impacted by it.

Ed Odeven

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Los Angeles Angles starter Shohei Ohtani pitches against the Houston Astros on September 10. (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

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After experiencing a sore right arm while playing catch on Wednesday, September 15, Shohei Ohtani may not step on the pitching mound for the remainder of the 2021 MLB season.

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon announced that the team won’t let Ohtani pitch again this season if he continues to feel pain in his pitching arm.

“If there’s any kind of lingering soreness, you may not see him pitch,” Maddon told reporters, according to The Associated Press, before the Angels met the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, September 16.

Ohtani was scheduled to start the series opener against the visiting Oakland A’s on Friday, September 17. He has been pulled from his start.

The 27-year-old Ohtani, who has slugged 44 home runs this season while serving as the Angels designated hitter, pitched 3⅓ innings in his last start on September 10. He allowed six runs and nine hits against the Houston Astros. He is 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA this season.

The Angels’ final regular-season game is October 3 against the Seattle Mariners.

Ohtani has mentioned that he wants to reach double figures in victories this season, according to Maddon, but the veteran skipper insisted that won’t influence the team’s decision-making.

“[Ten wins] always looks better than nine,” Maddon told reporters. “But you can’t let that be the driving factor.”

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Author:  Ed Odeven

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Ed Odeven is a longtime sports journalist who previously worked for The Japan Times as its chief basketball reporter for nearly 14 years. He also covered a wide range of other sports for the newspaper, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games. A graduate of Arizona State University, Odeven worked for several newspapers in the Grand Canyon State before moving to Japan. He has freelanced for dozens of media outlets around the world.