Ohtani, 27, hasn’t pitched since Sept. 10, when he was tagged for six runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in a loss at Houston.
Maddon said Ohtani would like to continue pitching in an attempt to get his 10th victory.
“(Ten wins) always looks better than nine,” Maddon said. “But you can’t let that be the driving factor.”
The arm discomfort won’t prevent Ohtani from continuing to serve as a designated hitter. Ohtani entered Thursday’s game against the White Sox ranked second in the major leagues with 44 home runs and 74 extra-base hits and fourth with a .599 slugging percentage.
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