Sprained Ankle Eliminates Ohtani from Angels Plans at Coors Field

Rockies fans will miss out on the opportunity to watch Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani pitch at Coors Field next week,. The Angels are scheduled to play the Rockies at Coors Field May 8-9, and until the weekend, Ohtani was in line to start the May 8 game.

That, however, was scratched on Sunday night. Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced that Ohtani could DH in a series this week against Baltimore, but he will not return to the rotation until a weekend series against Seattle. The Angels were being cautious in handling Ohtani before he suffered the injury trying to beat out a broken-bat ground ball in the fifth inning Friday night. He pitched once a week, and would DH several games between starts.

He, however, won't even DH in the two game visit to Colorado because the inter-league game will be played by NL rules. He could, however, pinch-hit.

There was speculation during the weekend that Ohtani could return to the Angels rotation on Wednesday, but Scioscia ended that idea Sunday night.

"Just to make sure this is behind him and he gets the proper workout to test it more instead of rushing in and trying to see where he is on Wednesday," Scioscia said. "So it's the best course of action for Shohei and for us. ... He's just not right now ready to go out there and run full speed like you would like to see," Scioscia said.

Ohtani belted his fourth home run of the season off Yankees right-hander Luis Severino on Friday before he was forced to depart with the ankle injury.

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