Shohei Ohtani Leaves Start After Two Innings With Blister

The Red Sox showed some fight and togetherness when reliever Joe Kelly drilled then fought the Yankees Tyler Austin on Wednesday night

Ohtani was withdrawn after two innings as the Red Sox thrashed the Angels 10-1 in the first game of the series on Tuesday.

Ohtani gave up a leadoff homer to Boston's Mookie Betts, and he couldn't throw his formidable breaking pitches for consistent strikes.

"I think [the blister] had an effect on his overall command of all his pitches", Scioscia said.

Speaking at the "Rally with 45" fundraiser for his Boston Marathon charity team, Martinez also touched on whether he sees any similarities between himself and Major League Baseball rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani, who is the 23-year-old from Japan that pitches and DHs for the Angels.

Angels reliever Luke Bard replaced Ohtani, then gave up three home runs in a five-run third, putting the Angels in an 8-0 hole.

"I wouldn't say he's just special, he's unique", said Martinez, noting he was extremely impressed with Ohtani's 2.08 earned run average in his first 13 innings pitched as well the fact that he has also belted three home runs. We'll read how we get later in the week.

Instead, the blister and the powerful Boston Red Sox were far too much to overcome.

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One inning after Ohtani left, the Angels announced the right-hander had developed a blister during the second inning.

Ohtani had a flawless game going through the first 19 batters in that game.

Angels pitchers tend to break frequently (see: JC Ramirez, Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker, etc.), so we should all probably be a little concerned. Will the Angels let him hit anyway, or will they force him to take a few days off until he's back to good health?

Scioscia also said he's optimistic Ohtani can make his next start on the mound.

The 25-year-old had his first two three-homer games in 2016 and once again showed that he is among the most risky players in the majors.

Red Sox: Betts was in Boston's lineup for the first time since Saturday, when he injured his foot in a home plate collision.

The third time was not the charm for Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani.

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