Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani might not be throwing again this season due to pain in his right arm. He was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against Athletics.
Ohtani felt pain Wednesday while playing wrestling ahead of the Angels’ game against the White Sox. Angels manager Joe Maddon has said Ohtani may be done throwing if the pain doesn’t go away, but no official decision has been made.
“If there’s some kind of lingering pain you might not see him pitch,” Maddon said ahead of the Angels game on Thursday, via The Associated Press.
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The Angels will monitor Ohtani’s condition, but Maddon told reporters the team will not see a doctor yet.
Ohtani (9-2, 3.36 ERA) last pitched on September 10 against the Astros. Maddon told reporters that Ohtani would like to achieve 10 wins for the season, but the manager wants his MVP candidate to be careful.
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“[Ten wins] always looks better than new, “Maddon said.” But you can’t let that be the determining factor. “
Ohtani won’t stay on the sidelines completely, however. He will remain in the lineup as the designated Los Angeles hitter. He is third in MLB behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays and Salvador Perez of the Royals with 44 homers.
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The Angels are 10.5 games behind in the American League wildcard race, so there’s only a slim chance they will make the playoffs. This should give Ohtani and the team more reasons to rest his throwing arm.