Angels' Shohei Ohtani Has Start Moved to Friday After Team Bus Got Stuck in Traffic

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIMay 28, 2021

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts to a strike during the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
AP Photo/Ashley Landis

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani will miss his scheduled start on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. 

He's not injured—he just got stuck in traffic.

Manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Ohtani was on one of the team's buses that got stuck in traffic, so he was forced to take a BART train to Oakland's RingCentral Coliseum. He'll now bat second as the team's designated hitter on Thursday and start on Friday. 

The change came because Ohtani wasn't able to get to the stadium in time for an adequate warm-up. Patrick Sandoval will start in his place Thursday. 

According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, an accident on the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland, delayed the team's travel. San Francisco's rapid transit system replied to his report, denying that there was any issue on the BART that further delayed the team's arrival. 


First, wow, what an honor to host a baseball superstar like Shohei Ohtani on BART. <br><br>We did not experience any issues on our end. We confirmed with Operations Control Center there was no delay for any Coliseum-heading train during the Bay Bridge incident. https://t.co/Ve3E4McdlJ

Ohtani has made six starts this season, amassing a 2.37 ERA while allowing three home runs and fanning 45 in 30.1 innings. His presence on the mound could have gotten the Angels off to a strong start in their four-game series with their AL West rival. 

Sandoval has made two starts in five appearances this season, his third in the league, with a 4.96 ERA. 

The Angels (22-27) are fourth in the division and six games behind the first-place A's (29-22).