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Shohei Ohtani | Starting Pitcher | #17

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/5/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Drafted: 2017 / UDFA / LAA
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Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Monday said that the team would consider letting Shohei Ohtani (elbow) hit even if he's not cleared to pitch yet.
That's if the doctors OK it, of course, and any decision on that won't come for another 3-4 weeks. Worth noting is that this comes on the heels of MLB.com's Jon Morosi reporting that the Angels are "cautiously optimistic" Ohtani will play again this season "at least as a hitter and possibly in both roles." Perhaps the club will consider using Ohtani just to hit this season even if the rest and rehab for pitching purposes doesn't work. Jun 11 - 8:46 PM

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MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Angels are "cautiously optimistic" Shohei Ohtani (elbow) will play again this season "at least as a hitter and possibly in both roles."

ESPN's Pedro Gomez reported early Monday that he was hearing Ohtani was likely to have Tommy John surgery and be sidelined until 2020. The Angels then came out later Monday and said nothing had changed with the righty's diagnosis. Now, we have this report. The reality is that no one has a good idea what's going to happen with Ohtani at this point, although it would seem possible that he'll be cleared to hit and not pitch. He'll be re-evaluated at the end of June and we will know more about his condition at that time.
Jun 11 - 7:12 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic on Monday that there's been "no changes" with Shohei Ohtani's diagnosis and neither the team's physicians nor medical staff have recommended Tommy John surgery or said that it's likely.

There was a Pedro Gomez report going around in which he said that Tommy John surgery appeared likely -- with an absence stretching into 2020 -- but Eppler has made it clear that it was speculation, not fact. The Angels announced on Friday that Ohtani was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He received platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections last Thursday and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. There's always the chance that Ohtani will ultimately require Tommy John surgery, but the Angels will try other methods first.
Jun 11 - 12:30 PM

Angels placed RHP Shohei Ohtani on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 7, with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Yikes. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported back in December that Ohtani was dealing with a Grade 1 UCL sprain, and it appears that the tear in his elbow has gotten worse. The right-hander was given platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections Thursday and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Obviously, this is a massive blow to the Angels and to Ohtani's fantasy owners. Tommy John surgery could eventually be in his future, but the hope is he'll be able to rest and rehab the injury.
Jun 8 - 3:06 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Shohei Ohtani (blister) is expected to miss at least one start and a trip to the disabled list is "possible."

Ohtani had to leave Wednesday's start against the Royals with a blister on his right middle finger. He's dealt with blister issues since spring training and it's the second time this season that it's forced him from an outing. Ohtani's fantasy owners should probably be rooting for him to be placed on the disabled list so they can at least find a replacement while he's sidelined.
Jun 8 - 11:53 AM

Shohei Ohtani left Wednesday's start against the Royals with a blister on his right middle finger.

Ohtani was shown blowing on his hand throughout the start, and after warming up for the fifth inning, the Angels became concerned and pulled the two-way star with the injury. Whether or not Ohtani will be able to make his next start will depend on how quickly the blister heals -- he dealt with a blister injury earlier in the year -- but there's at least a chance that Ohtani could head to the disabled list. We should know more on Thursday.
Jun 7 - 12:16 AM

Shohei Ohtani left his start against the Royals with a trainer while warming up in the top of the fifth inning.

Ohtani had allowed one run over four innings before leaving while warming up with a trainer by his side. We don't have any word yet on why Ohtani left the game, but he was seen blowing on his hands throughout the game, which could suggest a blister problem. We should have an update on why Ohtani left after the game, and possibly sooner.
Jun 6 - 11:38 PM

Shohei Ohtani is not in the Angels' lineup Monday.

Ohtani doesn't start games as a hitter the day before he pitches and he's slated to start Wednesday, so that means he's not going to be in the lineup likely until Friday following Thursday's off day. The Angels have Albert Pujols in the designated hitter spot Monday and Jefry Marte at first base against lefty Danny Duffy.
Jun 4 - 6:17 PM

Shohei Ohtani allowed one run in five innings and took a no-decision against the Tigers on Wednesday.

He surrendered an RBI-single to Niko Goodrum in the first inning to account for the only damage on his box score. Ohtani fanned five, issued three bases-on-balls and scattered three hits but it took him 83 pitches to get through five frames. The Angels skipped his last start for "workload management" purposes and were not inclined to stretch his pitch count too much in this one. Ohtani's record holds at 4-1 with a quality 3.18 ERA in eight starts. He has 57 strikeouts and 17 walks in 45 1/3 innings.
May 31 - 12:02 AM

Shohei Ohtani has now been confirmed as the Angels' starter Wednesday in Detroit.

Ohtani was skipped from his last turn in the Angels' rotation for what manager Mike Scioscia called "workload management" purposes. The 23-year-old two-way star is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings as a major league pitcher.
May 29 - 5:17 PM

Shohei Ohtani is tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday in Detroit.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia is officially only saying the "hope" is Ohtani will start sometime during the Tigers series, but the righty is throwing a bullpen session Monday so he appears lined up for Wednesday. If he does start Wednesday, Ohtani will be pitching on nine days' rest.
May 27 - 11:46 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Shohei Ohtani will pitch one of the team's games in the upcoming four-game series against the Tigers in Detroit.

"We do expect if everything goes well he’ll pitch sometime in Detroit," Scioscia said. That's a big window -- the series starts Monday and goes through Thursday -- but at least the window is open. He last pitched May 20, and the team opted to push back his scheduled start Sunday to manage his workload. When on the hill, the 23-year-old has been terrific, going 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 52/14 K/BB ratio overall.
May 26 - 4:33 PM

Shohei Ohtani doubled twice, walked twice and scored twice Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Ohtani is going to get more of a chance to swing the bat this weekend after being scratched from his start Sunday. As is, he's yet to be in the lineup more than four times in a row. Today's start was his third straight, and he'll probably be in there all weekend, too.
May 24 - 4:37 PM

Shohei Ohtani is no longer scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Yankees.

Ohtani would have been lined up to face countrymate Masahiro Tanaka in the series finale at Yankee Stadium. This decision was made for "workload management" purposes, per Angels manager Mike Scioscia. It's unclear when Ohtani will pitch next, though he is available to continue hitting.
May 24 - 10:58 AM

Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs to tie the game in the ninth inning to key a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He came to the plate with the bases loaded against closer Tyler Clippard with his team trailing by two in the ninth inning. He laced a single to center field that plated Mike Trout and Justin Upton. The next batter, Andrelton Simmons, also singled to drive in two more runs. Serving as the designated hitter, Ohtani also walked once and struck out twice in the contest. The two-way superstar has an exceptional .308 batting average and .582 slugging percentage with six homers and 19 RBI in addition to his exploits on the mound.
May 24 - 12:05 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
1B1Luis Valbuena
2Jose Fernandez
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
3David Fletcher
4Kaleb Cowart
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Shohei Ohtani
3Matt Shoemaker
4Andrew Heaney
5Tyler Skaggs
6Nick Tropeano
7Jaime Barria
8John Lamb
9J.C. Ramirez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Blake Parker
2Cam Bedrosian
3Jim Johnson
4Jose Alvarez
5Noe Ramirez
6Justin Anderson
7Akeel Morris
8Eduardo Paredes
9Keynan Middleton
10Blake Wood
11Felix Pena
12Jake Jewell