Report: Shohei Ohtani will pitch in next series against Tigers

Baseball fans who were disappointed Los Angeles Shohei Ohtani wouldn’t start on Sunday against the New York Yankees won’t have to wait for long to see Ohtani pitch again.

According to Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group, the right-handed pitcher threw a bullpen session on Saturday and manager Mike Scioscia expects the 23-year-old to start during the team’s four-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

The team previously scheduled Ohtani to start Sunday in a matchup against his fellow countrymen Masahiro Tanaka, but it opted to give the rookie pitcher a few extra days to rest and to manage his innings.

Los Angeles will travel to Detroit for the four-game stint that starts on May 28, and the team could slide the righty back into the rotation on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Ohtani has pitched 40.1 innings this season across seven starts with a 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 52/14 K/BB ratio. At the plate, he owns a .309/.380/.588 slash line with six home runs, 19 RBI and a stolen base in 97 at-bats.