Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani will not make his scheduled start Tuesday against the New York Yankees after being hit by a pitch to his right wrist on Saturday, manager Joe Maddon said Monday.
Maddon told reporters that Ohtani is still dealing with some pain and will continue to hit as the Angels’ designated hitter until he’s ready to pitch again.
Ohtani was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Ryan Weathers in the first inning of Saturday’s win over the San Diego Padres. He stayed in the game and Maddon said the X-rays were negative.
Ohtani, 27, went 4-0 in that game, but walked and stole second base in the fifth inning to become the first player in Angels history with 40 home runs and 20 steals in one season. No American League player had reached those milestones since Curtis Granderson did with the Yankees in 2011.
Widely considered the favorite for the AL MVP, Ohtani leads the Major Leagues in home runs with 41 and is 8-1 as a pitcher with a 3.00 ERA and 127 strikeouts. He also leads the Angels in RBIs (89), extra-base hits (70) and on-base percentage (.363).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.