The Angels had to rearrange their rotation on Thursday evening as scheduled starter Shohi Ohtani was late in the park for their game against Oakland’s Echo.
He was tough, though: he boarded a team bus (Angels used more than one) from San Francisco to Oakland (there was an incident at Bay Bridge) and the riders were with him. To switch to a BART train to reach the Coliseum.
Los Angeles manager Joe Madden told reporters that when he arrived with Ohtani, he did not have enough time to prepare for the PM :: 400 PT game.
Joe Madden said Ohtani Angel was on a bus that was stuck in transit in the Gulf of Oakland, so he had to take Bart. This delayed him from getting proper prep on the pitch, so he is pitching tomorrow.
– Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcher OCR) May 28, 2021
Patrick Sandoval has got an emergency start to what is likely to be a bullpen game. Ohtani will now start against Eko on Friday. He’s still on Thursday’s lineup, but as an appointed hitter.
Bart’s Twitter account, meanwhile, credited Ohtani and his teammates with efficient transportation to the stadium and reportedly had problems with the train.
First, wow, what an honor to host a baseball superstar like Shohei Ohtani in BOt.
We didn’t experience any problems in our end. We confirmed through the Operations Control Center that there was no delay for any Coliseum head train during the Bay Bridge incident. https://t.co/Ve3E4McdlJ
– SFBART (FSFBART) May 28, 2021