The Angels won last night but starter Shohei Ohtani couldn’t qualify for the W. He left after four innings due to a blister on his finger.
Ohtani was warming up to start the fifth, actually, but his catcher, Martin Maldonado, called for a trainer when he didn’t look right with his warmup pitches. Later Mike Scioscia said that noticed that Ohtani’s slider and splitter were becoming less effective as the game went. His night ended having given up one run on four hits and three walks.
This is the second time this season that Ohtani has dealt with blisters.
Ohtani left a game early with a blister on April 17, but made his next stat (he’s on a once-a-week schedule, so it was seven days later). Scioscia said after the game that this blister “didn’t look as bad” as the first one but only time will tell.