Giants vs Cardinals NL Playoffs 1987

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St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith flips on the field at St. Louis Busch Stadium prior to the start of the first NLCS game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1987, St. Louis, Mo. Smith had been told by the Cardinals to stop the maneuver for fear of injuring himself and he had refrained until Tuesdays game. (AP Photo/John Swart)

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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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.