Ohtani's recovery from Tommy John surgery as a pitcher won't require him to miss days as a hitter until at least September, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Ohtani couldn't be the everyday designated hitter last season as he had to take days off to throw, but that won't be a problem this season as his arm isn't ready for that level of pitching work. Expect Ohtani to play nearly every game this season as long as his surgically-repaired elbow handles the workload, forcing Albert Pujols and Justin Bour to split time at first base.
Ohtani will bat third and serve as the designated hitter in his first game back from Tommy John surgery.
Ohtani will slot in between Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons. He'll be limited to DH duties this season as his arm is still not ready for pitching and will look to improve on his excellent .285/.361/.564 line from his rookie season as he focuses on just one side of the ball.
Ohtani (elbow) has been activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
Ohtani was scheduled to be evaluated again Tuesday to determine his status moving forward, and he's evidently passed his examination with flying colors. The Angels have yet to release their starting lineup, but it's certainly possible that Ohtani will make his return in the series opener out of the designated hitter slot.
Ohtani (elbow) will travel to Detroit ahead of the Angels' three-game series with the Tigers. The Angels plan to assess Ohtani's condition prior to Tuesday's game before providing an update on his availability.
The Angels have been coy regarding a target date for Ohtani's season debut, but comments Sunday from general manager Billy Eppler suggest it will happen at some point during the team's road trip. With Ohtani having recently completed the 40 plate appearances against live pitching the Angels said would be necessary before he returned, the team will have doctors take a look at the 24-year-old's elbow before a next step is determined. If nothing concerning turns up during the evaluation, it's possible Ohtani enters the lineup Tuesday as the Angels' designated hitter.
General manager Billy Eppler wouldn't specify when Ohtani (elbow) might return from the 10-day injured list, but he noted he's "hopeful" the 24-year-old would be available at some point during the Angels' road trip that begins Tuesday in Detroit, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Ohtani faced another round of live pitching Sunday and appears to have reached the approximately 40 competitive plate appearances the Angels said he would require prior to being activated. Prior to departing for Detroit, the Angels will presumably reassess the condition of Ohtani's right elbow before determining whether or not he's ready to make his 2019 debut. It's unlikely the Angels will ask Ohtani to play on an everyday basis upon being reinstated -- at least not right away -- so even if he joins the lineup Tuesday, it might be best for fantasy managers in most leagues to continue stashing him on the bench or in an injured list spot this week.
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