Shohei Ohtani injury update: Angels rookie has another blister issue, leaves start

For the second time this season, Angels rookie right-hander Shohei Ohtani left a mound start early because of a blister on his pitching hand.
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Ohtani was removed from Wednesday night’s game vs. the Royals at Angel Stadium after he warmed up in the top of the fifth inning. Before leaving, he repeatedly looked at the hand as he and his translator spoke with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and a team trainer.

Ohtani allowed one run on four hits, walked three and struck out four Wednesday in his ninth career major league start. He hadn’t pitched since May 30.

He was fine all game (before the blister developed). He was throwing the ball good. He was doing what he was normally doing. He was throwing strikes and throwing any pitch in any count, Maldonado said.

SN contributor Joseph D’Hippolito provided additional reporting from Angel Stadium.

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The Nationals didn’t immediately update Strasburg’s status, but more should come out after the game.

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