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Ohtani, who had surrendered only three runs in the first 13 innings of his major league career, began the game by giving up a Corey Linsley Authentic Jersey leadoff homer to Mookie Betts. He ended up allowing four hits and two walks, throwing only 52 percent of his pitches for strikes and generating just three swings and misses.
The blister actually developed in my last start, Ohtani said through an interpreter after the game. The medical people took a look at it, and they felt like it would be fine for today. I also felt the same way. I tried to pitch today, and the high intensity of the game, it didn’t hold up too well. The medical staff was looking at it. They just wanted to play it safe. I wanted to go back out, but they told me you should take it safe.
Ohtani took the mound on eight days’ rest because his Sunday start against the Kansas City Royals was postponed due to frigid weather.
He didn’t say anything in warm-ups about it, and it seemed like it had an effect on some of his command. He got through two innings, but we don’t want it to get any worse. Just make sure you bounce back for his next start, which we anticipate right now, Scioscia said.