Photographic evidence surfaces of Shohei Ohtani’s blistered finger
Shohei Ohtani’s start Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox was cut short due to a blister on his finger. The two-way phenom was limited to 66 pitches, surrendering three runs on four hits, two walks and only posting one strikeout.
Photographic evidence of the blister has since surfaced and one look at Ohtani’s finger abundantly illustrates why the 23-year-old did not have his best stuff.
Maybe this is why he struggled last night. Check out what Shohei Ohtani's middle finger looked like just a couple of days ago. #blister #ouch #TheHaloWay @FrankDangelo23 pic.twitter.com/UX9vzpvONJ
— NextSportStar.com (@NextSportStar) April 18, 2018
It obviously would be next to impossible for Ohtani to have full command of his pitches with such a hindrance. He believes the blister began developing during is previous start, an electrifying appearance in which he flirted with a perfect gaming, taking one into the seventh inning.
“People took a look at it, and they thought it would be fine for today,” Ohtani said through an interpreter, via MLB.com. “I also felt the same way, but I tried to pitch today, and with the high intensity of the game, it didn’t hold up too well.”
Ohtani is not expected to impact Ohtani’s availability as a hitter. Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia added Ohtani is still on track to make his next pitching start, which would be next Tuesday.
“We’ll be flexible,” Scioscia said. “Obviously this is a new wrinkle right now with the blister coming up. We’ll read how we get later in the week. He’s going to hit a couple times, obviously, before he pitches again. We’ll see where everything sets up.”
Ohtani without question has taken Major League Baseball by storm while somehow exceeding every expectation, however unrealistic. The hope is the blister is just a temporary setback and not something that could potentially sideline the budding superstar for any extended period of time.