Shohei Ohtani to miss planned start due to ankle sprain

02 May, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Batting fifth Friday

On Friday against the Yankees, Ohtani hit his fourth home run in his first at-bat but on his next trip to the plate, tweaked his ankle on the bag as he tried to beat out a grounder.

The Los Angeles Angels' two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani will not start in Tuesday's series opener against the Baltimore Orioles due to a sprained ankle, the American League club said Sunday.

With both stars heading to the majors from Japan, it was a matchup that many-including both players-wanted to see.

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"Shohei is a little bit sore". I don't look at it as I'm bummed or I'm happy. The two played against each other in Japan in 2013 when Ohtani was a teenager. As a hitter, Ohtani is batting.341 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 44 at-bats over 12 games. Among the pitchers he has taken deep are two-time Cy Young victor Corey Kluber and All-Star Luis Severino. In four starts, Ohtani has accrued 26 Ks to go along with a 3.87 FIP. He never had a hit against Tanaka, Saturday's scheduled starter for the Yankees.

Tanaka is coming off his best outing of the season, allowing one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 14-1 win against the visiting Minnesota Twins on Monday.

It would have been quite the showdown with both playing well of late. NY will host Los Angeles at Yankee Stadium May 25-27.

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