Ohtani Fails to Record an Out in Return to Mound

It took Shohei Ohtani more than 20 months to return to a major league mound, and less than 20 minutes to exit one.

The Los Angeles Angels' two-way sensation didn't record a single out in his 2020 pitching debut Sunday. Instead, he walked three batters, gave up three singles and was charged with five earned runs in a road start against the Oakland Athletics, raising concerns about his readiness as a starting pitcher.

"He just didn't throw the ball very well," Angels manager Joe Maddon said after an eventual 6-4 loss at Oakland Coliseum. "I can't sit here and make excuses for him. I'm not gonna do that. It just wasn't his day. The fastball wasn't coming out, there was no deception in his pitches, and hitters will tell you that."

Ohtani, 26, threw 30 pitches, half of them balls, and left with two on, none out and a 4-0 deficit. The right-hander averaged 93 mph on a fastball that can reach triple digits and never had the opportunity to throw his trademark splitter.

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