Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon has announced that pitcher Shohei Ohtani will miss the remainder of the season at the mound after suffering a strained forearm on his second start last Sunday.
Ohtani could return to the Angels roster as a designated hitter, the manager said Tuesday night, ahead of the Los Angeles side's game opener against the Seattle Mariners.
The news is not surprising, however. On Monday, Angels general manager Billy Eppleravait announced that Ohtani had suffered a "grade 1 and 2 pronator round muscle strain."
"I don't think he's going to be able to pitch again this season," Maddon said. Any rehab program as a pitcher will be very conservative. "
The right-hander said he had discomfort in his right arm on Sunday after giving five walks against the Houston Astros. The Japanese launcher underwent Tommy John-type surgery at the end of 2018.
The other injury thwarts the plans of the 26-year-old pitcher, who left his country late in 2017 with the firm intention of becoming the first Majors in decades to regularly combine the roles of hitter and pitcher. He had 10 starts as a rookie in 2018 before suffering an elbow injury. He did take on the designated hitter role last season, however, as he recovered from his surgery.
Ohtani has only played in three games since June 2018. The Angels believe, however, that he can become an excellent player in both positions.
Major Baseball's shortened 60-game season ends at the end of September.