By JANIE McCAULEY
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A traffic jam kept Shohei Ohtani from making it to the ballpark in time for his regular pregame pitching routine, and he was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday night against the Oakland Athletics and shifted to designated hitter.
Because of an accident on the Bay Bridge that snarled traffic for one of the Angels’ many buses, Ohtani wound up on Bay Area Rapid Transit — BART— and he then faced a delay transferring trains and got further behind. He wound up arriving at the Oakland Coliseum closer to 5 p.m., about an hour after his ideal time to get ready to take the mound.
The incident sparked A’s executive Dave Kaval to push the team’s Howard Terminal stadium project.
“Our privately financed waterfront ballpark project includes an amazing hotel for the visiting team and tourists!” Kaval tweeted.
Angels manager Joe Maddon went with well-rested lefty Patrick Sanodval on the mound in place of Ohtani, who was in the lineup batting second against the A’s.
Ohtani (1-0, 2.37 ERA) was rescheduled to start Friday night.