Angels hold off on deciding Shohei Ohtani's next start on mound - ESPN

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Aug 4, 2023, 08:34 PM ET

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Manager Phil Nevin said it will likely be a couple more days before the Los Angeles Angels finalize when Shohei Ohtani will make his next pitching start.

Ohtani went only four innings in a 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night due to cramping in his pitching hand and fingers. Ohtani said the cramping was largely in his right middle finger.

Nevin was optimistic that Ohtani's next start -- which would be on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants -- wouldn't need to be pushed back.

"I think it's fine. All reports today were the same, too," Nevin said.

Ohtani struggled with a finger blister and a fingernail problem for a few starts last month, but Nevin said those issues aren't related to the cramping problems Ohtani had Thursday night.

Ohtani, who leads the majors with 40 home runs, was in the lineup in his usual spot at designated hitter Friday night. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts in a 9-7 loss to Seattle.

When asked if a day off might help Ohtani, Nevin said Ohtani hasn't asked for one.

"He wants to be out there," Nevin said. "He takes great care of his body. You can't predict when the cramps gonna come up, especially where it happened to be in his middle finger last night."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.