Quick Bit: Shohei Ohtani has a tight schedule, and he isn’t letting the All-Star Game interfere with that.

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This year, having Shohei Ohtani is effectively having two All-Stars in one. Not only is he coming off one of the best pitching months MLB has seen in a decade, he was also voted on by the fans to start for the American League at DH (over Yordan Alvarez of Houston).

On Tuesday, however, fans will only see one side of the Ohtani coin, as he will not be pitching. While that is disappointing in a way — AL manager Dusty Baker said Ohtani could have gotten a hometown bump and started on the mound against fellow Angeleno Clayton Kershaw — the superstar has a very simple reason to not pitch: It doesn’t align with his schedule.

Shane McClanahan will get the American League start instead.

Ohtani, who last pitched July 13, is slated to pitch Friday for Los Angeles against the Braves. He will still bat first Tuesday against Kershaw.

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According to Ken Rosenthal, Ohtani’s schedule simply doesn’t align with Tuesday’s game, despite him last pitching six days before Tuesday.

“He is not going to pitch in the game,” Rosenthal said. “Now he is not hurt.

This is simply a question of timing. If he pitches in the game, he’d have to get pushed back to Saturday, the Angels have him scheduled to pitch again on Friday. If he was available, he was going to be the starter. …His schedule is more detailed than any player’s really in history because of all the things he has to do. They want him to stay on track, stay on his schedule, and that’s why he will not be pitching in this game.

While it’s good news Ohtani will be healthy, it’s too bad fans won’t get to see the best two-way player in MLB history play both ways in a showcase event. However, team success has to come first, so it makes perfect sense why.

The American League has plenty of other pitchers on the depth chart, so Baker won’t be scraping for talent.

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