Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani was scheduled to strike up either Saturday or Sunday against the Blue Jays, but will have his start pushed back due to a blister problem, manager Joe Maddon said after Thursday’s 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays in 11 innings. .
Ohtani played catch on the field at TD Ballpark before the game, but still felt a blister on his right middle finger that also gave him trouble in a showdown against the Dodgers on March 29th. He said after his final start on Sunday that his blister was not a problem, but left this outing after landing awkwardly at home on the White Sox̵
“He’s just breastfeeding a bit of a bladder,” Maddon said. “It’s much better, but that’s what he’s used to right now. That is it. We want this to be absolutely good and not be a problem this year. So that’s why. ”
The Angels instead start left-handed José Quintana on normal rest Saturday and right-handed Alex Cobb in the series finale. It’s too early to know if Ohtani will start in one of the club’s three games in Kansas City early next week, or if he will have to wait until the Angels return home for a three-game series against the Twins that begins. on April 16th.
“I know by the beginning of this week whether he can or not,” Maddon said. “We have him on a program to throw, but I’m not sure if he will be ready to throw at that level.”