Though Ohtani obviously won't pitch this season, we now have a better idea of when we can expect him to return to the Los Angeles lineup -- and it won't be too much longer.
Per new manager Brad Ausmus, the Angels think Ohtani could return as soon as May:
Brad Ausmus said Shohei Ohtani doesn’t have a set timetable for his return, but “we’re thinking May.”— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 12, 2019
Ohtani figures to serve as the everyday DH upon his return. Last season, he hit .285/.361/.564 (152 OPS+) with 22 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 367 plate appearances. As a pitcher, he started 10 times and posted a 126 ERA+ and a 2.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio.