Shohe Otani opened her up against the Rays from the very beginning.

    Los Angeles Angels scratched Shoape Ohtani after his scheduled pitching debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, when he was hit in the arm with a fastball the previous day, but the two-sided star has maintained his place in the batting lineup.

    Ohtani took a 93.4 mph-per-hour (150-km-per-hour) fastball from Seattle Mariners starter Justus Sheffield near the right elbow during the Angels’ 2–0 defeat to their American League West rivals on Sunday.

    Los Angeles Angels’ two-way player Shouhi Ohtani wears a supporting sleeve above his right elbow on May 3, 2021 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Kyodo)

    Lefty Jose Quintana is starting for the Angels for the opener in Monday’s series against Rage at the Angels Stadium, while Ohtani remains in the batting lineup as the designated hitter.

    Angels manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani could pitch in the latter half of a four-game home stand against the Rays.

    “After I hit the elbow, I thought it would be inappropriate for him to go out and pitch the next day,” Madon said. “It is sore, but it is also not sore to swing a bat.”

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