Alex Avila missed four games with a tight hamstring, gave things a go last night, left early when he aggravated it, and now it looks like he’s going on the DL. Jim Leyland is taking the blame for putting Avila back in when maybe he shouldn’t have:
“We found out it was probably a mistake on my part,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. “If you want to blame somebody, you can blame me for that.”
Avila underwent an MRI last night. The results aren’t yet known, but the starting catching job is going to be Gerald Laird’s for a while, it seems. Because his hamstring is totally skippy.
Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.
Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.
This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.
Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.