Ohtani is not in the lineup Monday against the Padres.
Ohtani will head to the bench for Monday's series opener with no DH spot available in the Padres' National League ballpark. With the Angels playing a three-game set in San Diego, look for the 24-year-old to rejoin the starting lineup Thursday against the Rangers.
Ohtani's (elbow) next bullpen session will come Monday according to manager Mike Scioscia, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
Ohtani's elbow is holding up fine enough for hitting (as evidenced by his name in the lineup Sunday as the designated hitter), but it seems like he's also ramping up his pitching. Ardaya commented that the catcher will be squatting in Monday's session and Scioscia said that his throwing will be "a little more than touch and feel" in terms of intensity. It's unclear how close Ohtani is to throwing in games again, but it seems like a return to the mound this season isn't entirely out of the question as things stand now.
Ohtani (elbow) completed a short bullpen session Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
Ohtani threw 20 fastballs, all with the catcher standing up. He also threw some off-speed pitches while long tossing. The session appears to have gone well. He's remained available as a designated hitter but hasn't been able to pitch in a game since early June. The fact that he's throwing off a mound suggests he could make it back as a pitcher before the end of the season, but the low intensity of the session means that day isn't likely to come any time soon.
Ohtani will sit against a lefty for the second straight game Friday against Oakland.
In a small, 65-plate appearance sample, Ohtani has hit just .175/.277/.246 against lefties, good for just a 52 wRC+. That's a far cry from his .312/.382/.652 line (181 wRC+) against righties. It's possible he could continue to be platooned going forward. Albert Pujols will again be the Angels' designated hitter, with Jefry Marte starting at first base.
Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, a walk, a stolen base and two strikeouts in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.
Ohtani helped erase an early 2-0 deficit with his three-run shot in the first inning for his 12th homer of the year. While he continues to try to work his way back to the mound, the 24-year-old has gotten off to a blazing start at the plate in August. In six games in the month, he's slashing .400/.500/.900 with three homers, a double and seven RBI.
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