Struggling Shohei Ohtani Out 4-6 Weeks as Pitcher, Day-to-Day as DH


Though there have been several notable players who have had a slow start to 2020 -- reigning NL MVP candidate Christian Yelich is 1-for-28 after the Brewers' first six games, Craig Kimbrel's role is in jeopardy after allowing four earned runs in 1.1 innings of work and the entire Phillies team disappointed with an opening series loss to the Marlins -- but few have been as highly publicized as Shohei Ohtani. Let's just say his first two outings didn't go as planned.

The unique batter-pitcher phenom underwent an MRI after his second outing of the season, a 1.2-inning disaster in which he allowed five walks and gave up two earned runs. It somehow wasn't as bad as his first of the season, in which he recorded a grand total of zero outs and allowed five earned runs on three hits and three walks.

However, the Angels may have uncovered the culprit behind his extreme regression, down significantly from his 2018 performance in which he recorded a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts. The team released an update on their social media account.

This follows the trajectory of Ohtani's career to this point, as he was unable to pitch throughout the entire 2019 season, instead only appearing as a hitter. His hitting may also be affected by his injury, as his .148/.179/.407 slash line pales in comparison to his career totals of .281/.345/.528.

Andrew Miller, at the time a pitcher for the Yankees, was an established hurler who suffered a flexor-pronator strain in 2015 and had to miss time, but he rebounded exceptionally for All-Star seasons in 2016 and 2017. Ohtani is hoping that he can find the same success later on.

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