Ohtani is expected to be part of the Angels' six-man rotation next season, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ohtani has only thrown 53.1 innings over his three-year MLB career. Elbow issues limited him to just 10 starts in his 2018 debut, and he didn't pitch at all in 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was set to be a two-way player again last season but was shut down from pitching again after making a pair of disastrous starts. 2021 could be the year Ohtani finally emerges as a true dual threat, though given his track record so far in North America there would seem to be little reason to expect things to go smoothly. The Angels remain committed to the project however, to the point of deploying a non-standard rotation in order to to help him manage his workload.
Ohtani has been throwing for approximately a month and has reached 120 feet, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Ohtani remains somewhat limited but has been able to throw at 75 to 80 percent effort. The Angels expect him to enter spring training as a two-way player. Of course, he was expected to be a two-way player this year as well, but he wound up allowing seven runs while recording just five outs over a pair of starts before the Angels shut him down from throwing. The team will hope that putting his Tommy John surgery another year in the rearview mirror and going through a normal offseason and spring buildup process will bring different results this time around.
Ohtani is not starting Friday against the Dodgers.
Albert Pujols gets the nod as the designated hitter with lefty Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers. Ohtani has had a very tough time at the plate this season, hitting just .194/.297/.382.
Ohtani went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Wednesday's 5-2 win over San Diego.
The Halos went deep three times during the second inning, and Ohtani started things off with the 415-foot, two-run shot to right center. The 26-year-old was held out of the lineup last week against a string of left-handers, but he's 3-for-12 with two homers, five runs, four RBI and three walks over his past four games.
Ohtani isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.
Ohtani drew starts in each of the past three contests, but he'll retreat to the bench for the series opener against the Padres. Albert Pujols is serving as the designated hitter Tuesday.
Ohtani went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.
Ohtani got the Angels on the board with his solo shot in the second inning. He added a leadoff single in the fifth before scoring on Taylor Ward's double. The homer was Ohtani's sixth of the year, to go with 21 RBI, 20 runs scored, seven stolen bases and a .200/.294/.378 slash line in 38 games.
Ohtani (forearm) could start a throwing program before the end of the regular season, the Associated Press reports.
When Ohtani was diagnosed with a strain of the flexor pronator mass in his right forearm in early August, he was given a recovery timeline of 4-6 weeks. The upper end of that estimate has since passed, suggesting that the 26-year-old could be ready to start building up his arm again. The Angels long ago committed to keeping Ohtani off the mound for the remainder of this season, so any throwing program he begins is likely to be approached with caution and with an eye toward 2021. Ohtani has stated a desire to return to the mound next season, though the organization has yet to reveal their plans for the two-way star.
Ohtani isn't in Friday's lineup against the Rangers.
Ohtani will sit for a sixth consecutive game with left-hander Wes Benjamin serving as the primary pitcher Friday. Albert Pujols will take over as the designated hitter once again.
Ohtani is out of the lineup Thursday against the Diamondback, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 26-year-old finds himself on the bench for the fifth straight game as the Angels face another left-hander in Alex Young. Lefty Wes Benjamin is scheduled to start Friday for Texas, so Ohtani could be held out once again. Albert Pujols is batting fifth as the designated hitter again Thursday.
Ohtani isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
With left-hander Caleb Smith taking the mound for Arizona on Wednesday, Ohtani will take a seat for the fourth consecutive game. Albert Pujols will take over as the designated hitter once again.
Ohtani isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
Ohtani will take a seat for the third consecutive game, but his absence Tuesday was to be expected with southpaw Madison Bumgarner starting for Arizona. Albert Pujols will serve as the designated hitter in his place.
Ohtani is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The lefty-hitting Ohtani's move to the bench for Saturday's game wasn't much of a surprise with a southpaw (Kyle Freeland) on the hill for Colorado, but his absence from Sunday's lineup is more conspicuous with a right-hander (Ryan Castellani) starting. With an off day coming Monday, Angels manager Joe Maddon may just have wanted to give Ohtani a more extended breather due to his rough start to September. Ohtani is slashing .192/.300/.192 with eight strikeouts in 26 at-bats this month.
Ohtani is not starting Saturday against lefty Kyle Freeland and the Rockies, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ohtani hits the bench for the second time in the last three games, though he's sat quite frequently against lefties this season, so it's not particularly surprising to see him on the bench here. It's been a very disappointing year at the plate for the 26-year-old, who's hitting just .189/.287/.348 in 150 plate appearances. Albert Pujols will serve as the designated hitter Saturday.
Ohtani is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers.
He is usually in the lineup against righties, so it's a little odd that he will sit this one out with Kyle Gibson on the hill for Texas, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that it's just a regular day off. Matt Thaiss gets the start at designated hitter and will bat second.
Ohtani went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a loss to Texas on Tuesday.
Lots of things have gone wrong for Ohtani this season -- in addition to getting hurt again on the mound, he has posted a subpar .194 batting average -- but the slugger has at least been able to flash his ability on the basepaths, going a perfect 7-for-7 in steal attempts, tying him for the 10th-highest figure in the AL. He has been especially proficient in that category of late, swiping five bags over his last 11 games.
Ohtani is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.
The Angels are facing a lefty (Framber Valdez) and just played a doubleheader Saturday, so it seems like a decent time to get Ohtani a rest. Ohtani has mostly struggled at the dish this season with a .192/.297/.367 batting line, and it's fair to wonder if the strained flexor pronator mass is playing a part.
Ohtani is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader with the Astros.
Ohtani was productive in Saturday's opening game, going 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run, a walk and a stolen base, but manager Joe Maddon will not overextend his regular designated hitter, instead opting to use Mike Trout in that spot for the back end of the twin bill.
Ohtani will sit Monday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Ohtani continues to fill a full-time role as the Angels' near-everyday designated hitter despite numbers that suggest he's not worthy of the job, as he's hitting just .188/.277/.381. The team knows he's capable of far better, however, as he hit .286/.351/.532 in his first two seasons in the league, and there's little reason for them not to let him hit his way out of his slump, as they sit last in the American League with a record of 12-23. Justin Upton starts in his place Monday.
Ohtani went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a walk in Sunday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Mariners.
Ohtani walked in the first inning and notched his fifth stolen base of the season in quick succession. He later added a single in the third. Through 27 games, the 26-year-old is slashing .181/.277/.381 with five homers, 18 RBI and 15 runs scored to go with his five steals.
Ohtani went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, stolen base and run scored in Friday's victory versus the Mariners.
Ohtani helped manufacture the Angels' first run in the sixth inning, working a leadoff walk and stealing second base before coming home on a two-out ground-rule double. The 26-year-old is hitting only .188 this season, but he has contributed five homers, 16 RBI and four steals.
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