Angels Star Ohtani To Pitch Sunday Against Oakland

Angels star Ohtani to pitch Sunday against Oakland

Los Angeles, Sept 18 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Sep, 2021 ) :Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani is back in the American League club's starting rotation and will pitch against the Oakland A's on Sunday.

Ohtani missed his scheduled pitching start Friday because of a sore arm and manager Joe Maddon has considered shutting the Japanese star down for the season on the mound.

But Ohtani threw 30 pitches on Friday, and the Angels decided he isn't done yet.

Ohtani has pitched 115 1/3 innings this season while also playing almost every day as the Angels' designated hitter.

He has struggled at the plate in the second half of the season, batting .200 with just seven homers in 44 games heading into Friday's contest.

Ohtani underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2018 after making 10 pitching starts in his first Major League Baseball season.

He didn't pitch at all in 2019, his season as a hitter ending early because of knee surgery.

He returned to the mound in 2020 but was eventually shut down because of a right forearm injury.

This season Ohtani emerged as the best pitcher in the Angels' starting rotation, with a dominant fastball and a stellar command of an array of breaking pitches. In 21 starts, he has a 3.36 ERA, 136 strikeouts and a 9-2 record.

In August he had thrust himself into the American League Most Valuable Player conversation, notching his 40th home run of the season on August 18.

The 27-year-old former Nippon Ham Fighters star became the first left-handed batter in Angels history to reach 40 homers, surpassing Reggie Jackson's previous lefty high total of 39 from 1982.