Ohtani striped from the start due to transportation issues in the Bay Area originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Two-way Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch against the Oakland Athletics Thursday due to a typical transportation issue in the Bay Area.
Ohtani was wiped out of his departure after being delayed in arriving at Oakland Coliseum due to an accident on the Bay Bridge.
Visiting teams tend to stay in San Francisco when playing the As, so the organization instead asked Ohtani to take BART, but the timing didn’t work out for him to arrive in time for his typical routine. pre-game.
However, BART got wind of it and said there was no problem on their end with the trains heading to the Colosseum.
The Angels will send Patrick Sandoval to the mound in place of Ohtani, but the two-way superstar will still be in the lineup at batting second and as the designated hitter.
Ohtani is now due to pitch on Friday.
Ohtani cuts .269 / .326 / .632 and a .928 OPS in 187 trips to plate as a hitter this season. He’s 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA in six starts as a pitcher.