Shohei Ohtani Sidelined Due to Arm Fatigue: What You Need to Know

Los Angeles Angels' phenom, Shohei Ohtani, has been lighting up the baseball world with his dual capabilities as both a hitter and a pitcher.

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Shohei Ohtani Sidelined Due to Arm Fatigue: What You Need to Know

Los Angeles Angels' phenom, Shohei Ohtani, has been lighting up the baseball world with his dual capabilities as both a hitter and a pitcher. However, fans will have to wait a little longer to see him back on the mound. The two-way star will miss his upcoming pitching start against Texas, attributing it to arm fatigue.

Listening to His Body

The decision to skip the start came after Ohtani communicated his feelings to Angels' manager, Phil Nevin. Nevin, respecting Ohtani's understanding of his own physique, has no doubts about the player's judgment.

"I've told you guys many times he knows his body better than anybody," Nevin remarked before a recent game. "I trust him when he talks about it. He's assured me there's no pain, there's no injury. He's got some regular arm fatigue that some go through at times.

I trust him when he tells me this and he'll be ready for his next time out." Despite this setback on the pitching side, Ohtani's prowess at the plate remains undeterred. The star was part of the lineup in Sunday's narrow 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros, even adding his impressive 41st home run for the season.

"He feels good at the plate," Nevin added. "He feels healthy swinging the bat. It's just the throwing right now, he's got some normal arm fatigue that happens at times."

A Season to Remember

Ohtani's 2021 season has been nothing short of extraordinary.

The Japanese player boasts a formidable 10-5 record on the mound with a solid 3.17 ERA over 22 starts. Offensively, his stats are just as captivating. Hitting at an impressive .305 average, he currently leads the American League with his 41 home runs and has driven in 84 runs.

Fans will eagerly await Ohtani's return to the mound, hoping the rest will reinvigorate him for the latter part of the season. With the next series against the Reds starting on August 21st, they won't have to wait too long. And if this season is any indication, Ohtani is set to continue making headlines, both as a pitcher and a hitter.

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