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Ohtani has sore arm, may not pitch again this season

NURSING AN INJURY Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, plays with a ball in the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Thursday (Friday in Manila). AP PHOTO

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: Two-way star Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch Friday (Saturday in Manila) for the Los Angeles Angels because of a sore right arm that could sideline him as a pitcher for the rest of the season.

“If there’s any kind of lingering soreness, you may not see him pitch,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said prior to Thursday’s (Friday’s) game against the Chicago White Sox.

Ohtani (9-2, 3.36 ERA) felt soreness while playing catch Wednesday. Maddon said he raised the possibility of the likely AL MVP being shut down on the mound for the rest of the season during a meeting.

Maddon said there are currently no plans for Ohtani to be examined by a doctor, nor has it been determined when he would try to resume playing catch.

Ohtani, 27, hasn’t pitched since September 10, when he was tagged for six runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in a loss at Houston.

Maddon said Ohtani would like to continue pitching in an attempt to get his 10th victory.

The arm discomfort won’t prevent Ohtani from continuing to serve as a designated hitter. Ohtani entered Thursday’s game against the White Sox ranked second in the major leagues with 44 home runs and 74 extra-base hits and fourth with a.599 slugging percentage.

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