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Friday, February 01, 2019

Shohei Ohtani won’t be ready for Angels’ opening day

NEW YORK - AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani has been medically cleared to resume full-strength training on his right arm following Tommy John surgery, although he will not be ready to hit for the Los Angeles Angels by opening day.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler provided a positive update Thursday on the recovery of his two-way star, who had surgery Oct. 1.

The Angels expect Ohtani to be their designated hitter at some point in 2019, but he will not be active when the Angels open the regular season in late March, Eppler says. Ohtani is not expected to pitch again until 2020.

The Angels need to find new ways to waste the prime of Mike Trout, after all….

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, opening day, shohei ohtani

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   1. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: February 01, 2019 at 12:54 PM (#5811071)
He wasn't expected to be ready by Opening Day. The good news is that this lets Pujols DH for the first month to 6 weeks and then slide into a bench role while Bour mans first and Shohei DH's.

I'm super interested to see if Ausmus has the balls to sit Albert 5 days a week and hit him 7th or 8th when he does play.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 01, 2019 at 01:31 PM (#5811093)
The good news is that this lets Pujols DH for the first month to 6 weeks and then slide into a bench role


That's a good way to build up his value, and then flip him to a contender.
   3. The Good Face Posted: February 01, 2019 at 01:43 PM (#5811101)
This guy is like the baseball equivalent of an Italian sports car.
   4. bookbook Posted: February 01, 2019 at 08:17 PM (#5811253)
Nah. Many pitchers face Tommy John surgery. That makes him a Toyota Camry or something.

Edit: Or a Ford Focus. There was no conscious intent to bring culture or nation of birth into it, at all.

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