Shohei Ohtani will start on the mound Wednesday night against the Tigers, manager Mike Scioscia confirmed before Tuesday's game in Detroit.
Ohtani, who hasn't pitched since May 20, said he's going to try to treat this layoff like he did back in Japan, where he could go anywhere from five to nine days between starts.
"I can't tell, at this point, if I really needed those two, three [extra] days," said Ohtani through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.
The Angels are going to push Shohei Ohtani’s next start back for “workload management,” so he won’t pitch Sunday opposite Masahiro Tanaka, according to Mike Scioscia.— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) 24 de mayo de 2018
The two-way rookie star was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Yankees, but was taken out of the rotation for what the Angels called "workload management." Scioscia said it's too early to know if the extra few days of rest for Oh
"This whole program won't really have a report card until the season's over," Scioscia said.
Ohtani is tied for third on the club with a 4-1 record and has a 3.35 ERA, third among Angels starters.
Before Monday's series-opener vs. the Tigers, Ohtani had hit in six consecutive games, the longest such streak of his Angels career. Scioscia said Monday that Ohtani was available, but he did not play.
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.
tani, who continued to hit during the break, will be beneficial.
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