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Monday, August 03, 2020

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani strains arm, won’t throw for 4-6 weeks

Shohei Ohtani has a right forearm strain that will prevent the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star from throwing for at least four to six weeks, possibly ending his season as a pitcher after just two starts.


Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced Monday that Ohtani “has a grade 1-2 strain of the flexor pronator mass” — a collection of muscles and tendons in the forearm near the elbow.

The right-hander reported discomfort in his arm Sunday after he issued five walks and got only five outs in a rough 50-pitch start against Houston.

Ohtani is traveling with the Angels to Seattle, where they open a six-game road trip Tuesday night. The Angels also use Ohtani as their primary designated hitter between his mound starts, and he is day-to-day as a hitter, the team said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2020 at 10:53 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Ohtani’s return goes awry: 5 runs, no outs

Shohei Ohtani struggled mightily in his return from Tommy John surgery, as the right-hander didn’t record an out in the first inning and surrendered five runs to the A’s on Sunday.

Ohtani, pitching in a Major League game for the first time since Sept. 2, 2018, had trouble with his velocity and his control. His fastball averaged 92.7 mph—and maxed out at 94.7 mph—while only 15 of his 30 pitches were strikes. Ohtani’s fastball averaged 96.7 mph during his rookie season in 2018, when he posted a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts with 63 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2020 at 06:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani: Close to facing hitters

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Sunday during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Ohtani is throwing “roughly” two bullpen sessions per week at about “80 to 85 percent” intensity.

Since Ohtani is still completing the rehab process for his elbow following his October 2018 Tommy John surgery, he’s been permitted to receive treatment and conduct his throwing program at the Angels’ facility during the league-wide suspension of play. Eppler estimates that Ohtani is typically throwing around 35 pitches during the sessions and should increase the frequency of them before he’s deemed ready to face hitters in May. Organizing live batting practice sessions in which Ohtani can test himself against hitters could prove to be more of a challenge if the MLB season remains suspended deep into May.

But are the batters ready to face him?

 

QLE Posted: April 28, 2020 at 12:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Shohei Ohtani Close To Throwing Off Mound

Angels right-hander/slugger Shohei Ohtani has progressed to long tossing from a distance of 180 feet and is following those sessions up with higher-intensity throws from 60 feet, pitching coach Mickey Callaway told reporters on Tuesday (Twitter links via Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register and Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com). The next step for the righty would be to throw off a mound, and while Callaway didn’t put a specific timetable on when that might happen, he noted that it should be “soon.”

Ohtani, 25, hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 2, 2018, due to Tommy John surgery that wiped out his entire 2019 campaign — at least on the mound. He, of course, was able to return as the team’s primary designated hitter for much of the season and turned in a generally excellent year, hitting .286/.343/.505 with 18 home runs and a dozen steals in 425 plate appearances.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
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