KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals fans hoping to get a glimpse of Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani on the mound will have to wait until Tuesday — on TV.
Scheduled to pitch Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, the two-way star for the Los Angeles Angels instead saw his next opportunity to start pushed back two days as the game against the Royals was postponed because of cold temperatures. The game was rescheduled to 3:15 p.m. June 25 in Kansas City, and Ohtani will next toe the rubber at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in Anaheim, Calif.
"Just the simple fact that I was going to be pitching in cold weather, that was a little worrisome for me," Ohtani told reporters through an interpreter. "Also, I was worried my fingertips might lose the feel for the ball. That was one of the things I was worried [about]."
The 23-year-old rookie Ohtani, who is 2-0 this season with 2.08 ERA, was looking to finish off a four-game sweep for the Angels. He's also hitting .367 this seasons with three home runs and five total extra-base hits in 33 plate appearances.
Postponed about 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, the game in Kansas City was the sixth weather-related postponement Sunday across baseball. The Royals (3-10) will next travel to the Toronto Blue Jays for a 6:07 p.m. Monday contest at roofed and climate controlled Rogers Centre. Lefty Eric Skoglund (0-1, 9.64 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for the Royals.
Fans with tickets to Sunday's postponed game can use them for a makeup contest at a future date.