Shohei Ohtani Scheduled to Start Tuesday for Angels vs. Astros in Houston

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2018

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, warms up during batting practice before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Shohei Ohtani will make his fourth pitching start of the season for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday against the Houston Astros, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ohtani has lived up to the hype in his MLB rookie season, going 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings. He's also been solid at the plate, hitting .342 with three homers, 11 RBI and five runs in just 10 games as a designated hitter.

Ohtani was forced to leave his last start early due to a blister on his right hand. And managing Ohtani, the rare player who is both a starting pitcher and occasional fixture in the lineup, has brought its share of challenges, though the Angels are learning on the fly.

"We will certainly use all the information that we gather from him playing and pitching and hitting, and we can always make adjustments," manager Mike Scioscia said on Saturday of Ohtani's evolving routine, per ESPN.com. "I'd be surprised if there weren't any adjustments. I think it's a real good template that has a lot of historical data from what he did in Japan that's applied to it. And I think we're going to adjust however we have to. We'll be flexible."

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