Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was scratched from his pitching start in the 5-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday due to what the Angels described as issues with an accident on the Bay Bridge and with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani was on one of the team buses that was stuck in transit due to an accident on the Bay Bridge. Because of the accident, Ohtani had to take BART, but Maddon said there was an issue there as well which didn’t give Ohtani enough time to go through his routine to pitch.
"For us, Shohei's most comfortable, he's pretty much regimented to get everything going about 4 o'clock for his start," Maddon said. "It exceeded that by maybe an hour, so we started calling the audible at that point to not pitch him tonight. And if we're not going to pitch him, we're going to DH him."
Patrick Sandoval started in Ohtani’s place and pitched five scoreless innings with four strikeouts and two walks and allowing five hits.