Angels’ loss, Shohei Ohtani was left with a blister on his pitching finger
After departing last night’s game with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand, two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani said he doesn’t expect to pitch in next week’s All-Star Game. The Los Angeles Angels lost 8-5 to the San Diego Padres.
“It will be really challenging. Ohtani, speaking via a translator, recently stated, “At this time, I do not intend to pitch.”
If he can stay healthy enough to start at DH for the AL on Tuesday in Seattle, he might still have a major impact.
Ohtani left his start against the Padres in the bottom of the sixth. A pinch-hιtter took his position at designated hιtter when his turn came up in the ninth inning.
“When I came out of the game I was kind of in the moment, so we will see about going forward over the next few days,” Ohtani said. The pitcher said, “On the pitching side, I have like nine or ten days until the next start so hopefully I will heal in time.” After Xander Bogaerts and Jake Cronenworth hιt back-to-back home runs off Ohtani with no outs in the sixth, the Japanese pitcher was taken out of the game.
Due to a broken fingernail, the right-hander had to delay his start by a day. On Tuesday, his velocity dropped, and he departed the game with a 5-1 deficit. “I had a hard time putting my full weight on it,” Ohtani admitted.
Previous start as a pitcher ended, but he stayed in as the DH and homered, giving him 10 K’s and 2 HR in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Whιte Sox.
Angels manager Phil Nevin speculated that the cracked nail had been covered with acrylic, which “might have just irritated the skin on the side of the finger.” We talked about how he wasn’t quite in control of his pitches heading into the sixth inning, and after warming up, he gave me the thumbs up and said, “I feel good.”
Ohtani’s batting ability might be affected by the blister, but Nevin doesn’t think so. I think he’s going to be fine; it’s just the tip of his middle finger.
Several hours prior to Ohtani’s departure, the Angels learned that All-Star slugger Mike Trout would be sidelined for a significant amount of time due to a broken left wrist.
Ten days after fans voted him to start at designated hιtter, Ohtani was selected for the AL pitching staff by players on Sunday, making him a two-way All-Star for the third year in a row. Ohtani and Trout each hιt a home run to help the Angels bҽat the Diamondbacks 5-2 on Sunday, marking the 30th time the two have done so in the same game.
YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 4
On the Fourth of July, Gleyber Torres hιt a two-run homer for the Yankees and then scored the winning run from first base with a daring run on Giancarlo Stanton’s single to lead the Yankees to an 8-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Torres had walked with one out and was in scoring position when Stanton delivered a three-hop single up the middle. Gibson (8-6) had been facing a full count with two outs.
Torres dove headfirst into home plate after ignoring third base coach Luis Rojas’ stop sign and scoring a run to make the score 4-3. Center fielder Cedric Mullins threw the ball to second.