‘Finger Cramps to 4th Inning Substitution’ Ohtani Cites Fatigue as Cause…”Even Superhuman Ohtani is Human”

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (29) leaves the mound while pitching due to finger cramps.

Ohtani went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and two RBIs as a hitter and 4-for-3 with one walk and four strikeouts as a pitcher in his second start of the season against the Seattle Mariners at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, U.S., on April 4.

Ohtani, who had a great day at the plate with his 40th home run of the season, only lasted four innings on the mound despite not allowing a run. He was unable to continue pitching due to finger cramps.

It doesn’t appear to be a major injury. Manager Phil Nevin said, “I’m not too worried. His hitting is obviously fine, and we’ll see over the next two days. He had some finger cramps this time, but his arm was fine.”

However, it’s clear that being a two-hitter and performing at the highest level in the league on both sides of the plate has taken its toll on Ohtani. According to Japanese media outlet SporNichi Annex, “Medical journalist Yutaka Morita cited accumulated fatigue as the cause. As for Ohtani’s use of the word ‘fatigue,’ he said, ‘It’s proof that I can control myself. The reason he came off the mound in the middle of a pitch is because his judgment is good.”온라인바카

Dr. Morita, who pointed out that “the impact of pitching and hitting on the body is immeasurable,” said, “We are in the midst of a fierce postseason race. It’s an environment that makes it easier for Ohtani to overexert himself than usual. It’s important to keep his sympathetic nerves in check.” “Fans may think he’s a superhuman, but he’s human,” he added.

Ohtani, who is batting .301 (125-for-403) with 40 homers, 82 RBIs and a 1.098 OPS in 84 games this season, and 9-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 21 games (124⅔ innings) as a pitcher, is eligible for free agency after the season. This is a big year for him and for the team. Fans will be interested to see if Ohtani can stay healthy and finish the season on a high note.

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