Angels' Manager Provides Positive Update On Shohei Ohtani's Blister Ahead of Crucial Matchup

Photo: Instagram/Shohei Ohtani

Angels' manager Phil Nevin provided an update on the condition of their two-way star, Shohei Ohtani's finger blister ahead of their Monday night clash with the Yankees.

According to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez, Ohtani remains on track to start as a pitcher in their upcoming game against the Pirates on Friday. However, concerns have arisen as Ohtani had to exit his last two pitching outings prematurely due to the blister on the middle finger of his right hand.

Previously, Ohtani had demonstrated exceptional performance, completing six or more innings in 10 out of his 12 starts from April 21 to June 27. Unfortunately, the blister has hindered his progress, limiting him to only five innings in his last two appearances.

Photo: Instagram/Shohei Ohtani

This setback has also impacted his overall production, leading to a combined ten runs (nine earned) conceded over 10 innings in those starts, with seven walks and two home runs allowed. The timing of the update coincides with a challenging period for the Angels, who have struggled in their recent games, losing 11 out of their last 13 matches.

As a result, they find themselves six games behind the third and final American League wild-card spot. Speculation has arisen about the possibility of the Angels considering a trade involving Ohtani before the approaching August 1 trade deadline, especially since he will be a free agent after this season.

In response to the trade rumors, Phil Nevin emphasized that the team's focus remains on winning each day. He acknowledged that while the talk about Ohtani's potential departure is prevalent and he's asked about it constantly, he doesn't believe it serves as an extra incentive for the team to perform.

Nevin emphasized that such decisions are beyond his control and are determined by the front office. As fans anxiously await Ohtani's next start and how the team will perform amidst the trade speculations, the Angels remain determined to overcome their midseason struggles and keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Source: Sports Illustrated

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