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Ohtani to return to mound for Angels

By Sports Desk May 04, 2021

Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will return to the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

Ohtani was scheduled to start against the Rays on Monday but was scratched after being hit by a pitch in the Angels' loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

But the Japanese sensation, who has continued to bat, will return to pitching when the Angels face the Rays midweek.

"We wanted to make sure he went out there and threw a little bit more today," Angels manager Joe Maddon said prior to Tuesday's game against the Rays, having lost the series opener 7-3.

"He was really eager to pitch [Wednesday], so like everything else, conversationally I'm letting him tell me how he feels and then we make our decisions."

Ohtani has started three games this season, allowing six hits, seven runs – five earned – while striking out 23 batters with an ERA of 3.29.

At the plate, Ohtani boasts career highs for slugging percentage (.641) and on-base plus slugging (.959) in 2021.

Ohtani has tallied 20 runs and 28 hits, with nine homers and 22 RBI for the Angels while averaging .272.

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