Shohei Ohtani is confident that the blister problem that cut short his start on April 18 will no longer be an issue, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
“Shohei really feels if he goes out and pitches and it feels good, then it doesn’t bother him the whole season,” Scioscia told reporters Wednesday, according to the Orange County Register.
Scioscia said that the skin has become calloused.
Verlander has fanned 2,464 in his career, tied for 36th all-time with Mark Langston. Verlander trails Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon by nine strikeouts for 35th place.
Angels: Andrew Heaney (0-1, 9.64 ERA) will make his third start of the season on Friday at home against the Yankees, seeking his first winning decision since last August. Heaney was charged with the loss in last Friday’s start against San Francisco, where he allowed seven runs on six hits with two walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Astros: Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 3.10) enters his sixth start of the season hoping to build off of his first win of the season as the Astros host Oakland on Friday. In his last start, Keuchel held the White Sox to one run on four hits in six innings in a 6-1 win.
It’s unfortunate Gronkowski the horse will not be able to race in the upcoming Kentucky Derby due to an illness. I fully support what is best for the horse. I know he will come back strong and healthy and I am excited to see him race again very soon.
Tom Ludt, head of operations for Phoenix Thoroughbreds, told ESPN that the shelving of the horse for the Derby has no effect on Gronkowski’s investment, saying the family “bought in for the long term.”
“They are still excited and hopefully we still make the Belmont,” Ludt said.
The equine Gronkowski qualified for the 1¼-mile Kentucky Derby with a victory at the Burradon Stakes in Newcastle, England. He has never raced more than a mile, nor has he raced on dirt.
“It wasn’t easy, you never want to shut the door completely, but it was a conversation I had with my wife and I just saw how hard it was on her and my kid just being lugged around,” he said.
“The security of the NBA for me was gone, it would be one-year deals for me for the rest of my career. You can get a phone call tomorrow and be traded coast-to-coast and have to leave your family behind and they come later once you find a place. I didn’t want to live that life anymore. I played enough and had a great NBA career that I’m very thankful for.