Two-way star Shohei Ohtani was not in the starting lineup for the Angels' 9-3 loss to the Tigers on Monday because he was scheduled to throw a bullpen session.
While manager Mike Scioscia was not clear about a timetable for Ohtani to pitch again, he did say following Monday's game that the right-hander is "penciled in" for a Wednesday start against Detroit. Ohtani was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Yankees, but was taken out of the rotation for what the Angels called "workload management."
Shohei Ohtani 大谷翔平 in Detroit— Ohtani 二刀流 ⚾ Portia (@shinjibvby) 29 de mayo de 2018
He tossed a ball to the fans but they failed to catch it, Shohei just went back picked up the ball and tossed it again �� also a "full gorilla" bullpen session! looks to be set to pitch on Wednesday!#ShoTime
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"Right now he'll just throw his bullpen and get ready to pitch, but he is available," Scioscia said. "There's some things we might juggle. Too many things to talk about with every scenario right now."
Entering Monday, Ohtani had hit in the past six games, which Scioscia noted is something he hasn't done since joining the Majors this season. Ohtani's .291 batting average ranks third among Angels hitters with at least 50 at-bats. He has six home runs and 20 RBIs in 103 plate appearances.
On the mound, Ohtani has a 4-1 record and 3.35 ERA. His last appearance was a win on May 20 vs. the Rays.
Tyler Fenwick MLB.com