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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)
  Beats: pitching, shohei ohtani, throwing, two-way players

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Shohei Ohtani, Mended but Undaunted, Is Ready to Amaze Baseball Once Again

Angel Stadium in Anaheim has been turned into a grown-up’s playpen. Four thousand tons of dirt cover the baseball field, sculpted into giant peaks resembling a scaled-down version of the San Gabriel Mountains, in preparation for a February monster truck show. Workers on break operate remote-control versions of the real monsters, soaring, somersaulting and swarming the cordillera with comic imprecision. To see the faces of the controllers is to understand why the lever in their hand is called a joystick.

In the luxury suite of Angels owner Arte Moreno in an otherwise empty stadium, above it all, is the greatest two-way baseball player the planet has seen in a hundred years, granting his first one-on-one interview since arriving in the U.S. in December 2017.

Shohei Ohtani, 25, is 6’4” with a broad-shouldered, narrow-waisted, long-limbed physique that hints at the competitive swimmer he was in childhood. “But every time baseball was the most fun,” he says through his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. “So I fell in love with it.”

Two-plus years after he left Japan to sign a six-year, league-minimum contract with the Angels—foregoing at least $200 million more if he had waited until this season—Ohtani remains deeply, madly, monogamously in love with baseball.

Wishing him all the best going forward- there’s something to be said in this day and age for players far different from the norm…..

 

QLE Posted: March 11, 2020 at 12:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani, two-way players

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Hit the road: Shohei Ohtani got driver license in offseason

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani doesn’t just drive the ball anymore.

The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star says he got his California driver’s license in the offseason, putting the 25-year-old behind the wheel of a car for the first time.

“I’m enjoying it,” Ohtani said through his interpreter Saturday after rolling up to the Angels’ spring training complex in his Tesla. “I was able to pass it the first time, so not too much stress.”

Ohtani never got a license in his native Japan because the process is longer and more expensive, and he didn’t need to drive himself anywhere in Sapporo thanks to public transportation and his team. Since he joined the Angels in 2018 and moved to car-centric Southern California, he had been driven around by other people.

Hopefully, he’s not about to turn onto the Road to Nowhere…...

 

QLE Posted: February 16, 2020 at 01:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Shohei Ohtani Not Expected to Pitch for Angels Until May Amid Elbow Injury Rehab

Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Tuesday two-way star Shohei Ohtani isn’t expected to pitch until mid-May as he completes his recovery from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in October 2018.

Eppler explained Ohtani will remain the club’s primary designated hitter and can rehab without being removed from the MLB roster under the league’s new rules, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.

The 25-year-old Japanese sensation enjoyed a strong start to his career on the mound before he suffered the major elbow injury. He posted a 3.31 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 63 strikeouts in 51.2 innings across 10 starts in 2018, his first MLB season after five years with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan.

Ohtani made 106 appearances as the Angels’ DH in 2019. He posted a .286/.343/.505 triple-slash line with 18 home runs and 12 stolen bases. His .848 OPS would have tied for 26th in the American League if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.

Something for us to get ready for…...

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow, shohei ohtani, two-way players

 

 

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