Due to an accident on the Bay Bridge that resulted in one of the Angels’ many buses going through and what had been a 45 minute ride got longer and longer than expected, Ohtani returned to hotel and ended up on Bay Area Rapid Transit – BART – and then fell behind schedule.
“It kept pushing him away,” manager Joe Maddon said. “For us, Shohei is the most comfortable, he’s pretty much regimented so that everything happens around 4pm for his departure. It might have been over that by an hour, so we started calling the audible at that point so as not to throw it tonight. And if we are not going to launch it, we are going to do it DH. “
Catcher Kurt Suzuki, a former Oakland fan favorite, was on the same bus and scratched with Ohtani and Suzuki will catch up with the right-hander on Friday night.
BART said on Twitter that he hadn’t had any issues with trains at that time Thursday, “First of all, wow, what an honor to welcome a baseball superstar like Shohei Ohtani to BART. We have not encountered any problem on our side. We have confirmed with Operations Control Center, there was no delay for any train going to the Colosseum during the Bay Bridge incident. “
Maddon kept in touch with Ohtani’s interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, and when “there was a problem with the transfer to the BART” he eventually went with well-rested southpaw Patrick Sanodval on the mound instead of ‘Ohtani. The two-way Japanese star was in the second batting lineup against the A’s.
Ohtani (1-0, 2.37 ERA) was postponed to start on Friday night.
“That’s all it is, it was just a transportation issue more than anything,” Maddon said. “It’s just inevitable. “