Ohtani to miss pitching start due to sore wrist

Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels say two-way star Ohtani Shohei will miss a scheduled start as pitcher in Tuesday's game.

The Japanese player was hit by a pitch near his right wrist while batting last Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

Ohtani remained in the game and later underwent an X-ray that showed no abnormalities.

Angels' manager Joe Maddon said of Ohtani on Monday, "He's fine, he's just sore."

Maddon said the team will have him hit until he's ready to pitch, and that the condition of his wrist will be checked each day.

Ohtani did not appear for the routine bullpen pitching practice on Monday, a day before the game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday at the Angels' home stadium in Anaheim.

In Monday's game against the Yankees, Ohtani, who leads the MLB in home runs, hit his 42nd home run of the season.

The designated hitter has widened his lead over the runner-up in the MLB home run race to four.