We won’t be seeing pitcher Ohtani in this year’s All-Star Game. The signs weren’t good from the first inning.
Ohtani was pulled from his start against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California (USA) on Friday after allowing five runs on seven hits (two home runs) with four walks and five strikeouts in five innings. He ended the first half with his season ERA rising to 3.32.
Ohtani didn’t look good in the first inning. He pitched 6 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on March 28, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. He had a strong outing, but was sidelined with a broken nail on his middle finger.
Ohtani was initially scheduled to pitch against San Diego on the 4th, but was given an extra day of rest and took the mound on the 5th. However, Ohtani’s pitching form didn’t seem to be fully recovered. In the first inning, he threw a 92.6 mph (about 149 kilometers) fastball to leadoff batter Kim Ha-seong. That was his highest fastball in the first inning. His lowest velocity was down to 92.2 mph (148 km/h). Although he averaged 97.1 mph (156 km/h) on the season, Ohtani’s velocity was not the same. For the game as a whole, he topped out at 98 mph (158 km/h) and averaged 95.3 mph (153 km/h).
His pitches weren’t coming alive and his command wasn’t perfect. His velocity was up, but his command wasn’t great and his changeup was lackluster. He ended up giving up two homers, and in the sixth inning, he gave up back-to-back homers to Xander Bogaerts and Jake Cronenwirth. The first back-to-back homers of Ohtani’s career. After signing autographs on the bench, Ohtani was ejected. During the game, the team explained that Ohtani was ejected for a blister on his finger.
For now, with three games remaining before the All-Star break, Ohtani is likely to be available as a designated hitter for the remainder of the season. However, his status as a pitcher in the All-Star Game is up in the air. Ohtani was named an American 꽁머니지급 League All-Star as a designated hitter for this year’s All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. He was also named as a pitcher on the final All-Star roster, which was released on March 3. Although he didn’t start the game like he did last year, there was a lot of interest in whether he could make it to the All-Star mound as a pitcher again this year.
However, due to a blister injury, the pitcher’s All-Star appearance was effectively canceled. After the game, Ohtani said, “It’s basically the same injury as my last start. It wasn’t completely healed, and it got worse as the game went on.” “It was hard to press the ball because of the nail. As the game went on, my velocity dropped,” he said, adding that the nail problem against the White Sox led to blisters.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to pitch in the All-Star Game,” he said. “I hope to have about 10 days to heal before the first game after the All-Star Break,” he added, explaining that he would rather focus on resting than pitching in the All-Star Game. He also took a cautious approach to his hitting status, saying, “I think we’ll have to wait and see for three games before the All-Star break.”
The Angels would rather have Ohtani play in the first game of the second half against Houston on April 15, rather than push him too hard for the All-Star Game.