Angels ace Shohei Ohtani to miss Wednesday start because of arm fatigue

Angels starter Shohei Ohtani delivers a pitch against the Mariners.
Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani has a record of 10-5.
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Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will skip his next scheduled pitching start Wednesday at Texas after telling manager Phil Nevin he was feeling some arm fatigue.

Nevin said Sunday that Ohtani is not injured and will return to the rotation during a series at home against the Cincinnati Reds that begins Aug. 21.

“I’ve told you guys many times he knows his body better than anybody,” Nevin said. “I trust him when he talks about it. He’s assured me there’s no pain, there’s no injury. He’s got some regular arm fatigue that some go through at times. I trust him when he tells me this and he’ll be ready for his next time out.”


Angels’ Tyler Anderson gives up seven runs and the bats can’t bail him out in an 11-3 loss to the Houston Astros. The Angels have lost nine of their last 11.

Aug. 12, 2023

Nevin said Ohtani told him Saturday that he needed to take off a start. The right-hander will not take any time off as the team’s designated hitter.

“He feels good at the plate,” Nevin said. “He feels healthy swinging at bat. It’s just the [throwing] right now, he’s got some normal arm fatigue that happens at times.”

Ohtani has a record of 10-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 22 starts this season. He is hitting .305 with an American League-leading 40 homers and 83 RBIs.