Shohei Ohtani starts on the bench with Angels facing a lefty

August 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgScioscia said Ohtani was available to pinch-hit on Friday night. However, he said he would not be available to hit at all on Saturday, which is the day before he’s scheduled to pitch.“What’s significant is not the two or three swings he takes (in the game) or the five or six pitches he sees, but the prep work getting there and maybe not getting used,” Scioscia said. “The day before he pitches is definitely a day we want to get him into that pitching mode.” OAKLAND — The Angels’ second lineup of the year did not include Shohei Ohtani.Manager Mike Scioscia instead had Chris Young as the designated hitter on Friday night, with the Angels facing left-handed Sean Manaea.“We’ve got to get Chris Young’s bat in the lineup and try to get him to match up against a lefty,” Scioscia said.Young barely played in spring training, having missed most of the exhibition schedule with a strained calf, so Scioscia wanted to get him some at-bats. Angels Q&A with Jeff Fletcher: Concern for Shohei Ohtani? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Scioscia was careful to say that this does not reflect any loss of faith in Ohtani, a left-handed hitter, against left-handed pitchers. Ohtani was 1 for 5 in his major league debut on Thursday, with a strikeout in his only at-bat against a left-handed pitcher.“When he’s swinging the bat to his capability,” Scioscia said, “his splits are pretty even.”Related Articleslast_img read more