Angels manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani was on one of the team’s buses which was stuck in transit due to an accident on the Bay Bridge. Due to the crash, Ohtani had to take BART, but Maddon said there was also an issue that didn’t give Ohtani enough time to complete his throwing routine. Patrick Sandoval starts in place of Ohtani.
Ohtani was placed in the roster as a DH, but his start was postponed until Friday, the second in a four-game series at Oakland between rivals American League West. Receiver Kurt Suzuki and infielder Phil Gosselin were also on the bus with Ohtani and not part of the starting lineup.
BART tweeted in response that there was no problem with the timing of its trains to Oakland Coliseum.
“First of all, what an honor to welcome a baseball superstar like Shohei Ohtani to BART,” BART said on Twitter. “We have not encountered any problem on our side. We confirmed to the operations control center that there was no delay for any train heading to the Colosseum during the Bay Bridge incident. “
Ohtani is hitting .270 with 15 homers and 38 RBIs in 46 games, and is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA in six starts with 45 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.