LOS ANGELES – Shohei Ohtani will not make his scheduled start on Sunday against the New York Yankees, nixing the highly anticipated pitching matchup between the rising star and Masahiro Tanaka, the Los Angeles Angels announced on Thursday.
“There’s so much on his plate on what he has to do that we’re going to push him back a little,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia was quoted as saying by MLB.com. “He’s fine. Workload management. That’s it.”
Scioscia denied any unfavorable impact on the 23-year-old rookie from the 110 pitches he threw last Sunday, his most in any outing in the majors.
Ohtani could still be in the Angels’ lineup in New York on Sunday, in which case he would bat against the 29-year-old Tanaka.