Shohei Ohtani injury update: Angels rookie leaves start after four innings

Angels rookie right-hander Shohei Ohtani left his start Wednesday night against the Royals after four innings with an apparent injury.

A frustrated Ohtani repeatedly looked at his pitching hand as he spoke with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and team medical personnel after warming up for the top of the fifth inning. Ohtani soon left the game.

Jim Johnson replaced him.

Success was always a matter of time and timing

This was the second time Ohtani was forced from the mound because of an injury. He was removed after two innings on April 17 against the Red Sox because of a finger blister. He was able to make his next scheduled start on April 24.

Ohtani allowed one run on four hits, walked three and struck out four Wednesday in his ninth career major league start. He hadn’t pitched since May 30.

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