Sport Report: Shohei Ohtani could throw from mound soon

05:25  26 october  2019
05:25  26 october  2019 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

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Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani returns to the mound for the first time since 2018 Sunday, resuming his pursuit of excellence as baseball's true two-way player. Shohei Ohtani arrives Sunday at the end of a tedious recovery, 21 months from scalpel to big-league mound , a trying experience that may have

Although they’re on the heels of yet another disappointing campaign, the Angels may be in position to make a significant splash on the pitching market this offseason. Whether or not that happens, though, it’s imperative for the club’s beleaguered starting staff to get a healthy Shohei Ohtani back in 2020.

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Ohtani, who didn’t pitch this year after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October, is progressing in his recovery from the procedure and the left knee procedure he underwent last month, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. The 25-year-old is currently throwing from 100 feet and is on schedule to retake the mound toward the end of November, according to Fletcher.

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Ohtani is progressing from playing long toss to being back on the bump.

"So he'll get off a mound soon . Right now, with him especially, we're just taking it day by day Ohtani put up a 3.31 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP with 63 strikeouts as a pitcher over 10 starts in 2018 before "It would probably be unfair to Shohei or anybody to give a certain amount of bullpens," Callaway said.

The emergence of Ohtani in 2018, his first stateside season after coming over as a much-ballyhooed Japanese free agent, was one of the most encouraging developments in recent memory for the Angels. Not only did Ohtani star with the bat that year, but he further proved he was worth the free-agent fuss by posting front-end production when he was healthy enough to take the ball. He threw just 51 2/3 innings during a 10-start, injury-limited rookie campaign, but the right-handed hurler made those appearances count with an impressive 3.31 ERA/3.57 FIP, 10.97 K/9 and 3.83 BB/9.

Now, Ohtani is fresh off another strong (albeit injury-shortened) season as a hitter. The hope is the lefty-swinging DH will continue to provide a solution at that position while enjoying a much healthier year as a pitcher in 2020. If Ohtani is able to deliver a much larger chunk of innings next year, and if the Angels make some serious noise on the open market (Gerrit Cole? Stephen Strasburg?), it could go a long way toward a return to contention. The Halos are heading into a crucial offseason in which upgrading their pitching will be a must, regardless of whether general manager Billy Eppler, new skipper Joe Maddon & Co. are counting on substantial contributions from Ohtani.

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Shohei Ohtani has no problem with the Los Angeles Angels' plan to delay his return to the mound so they can preserve his pitching arm for later in the season. Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani walks to the batting cage during spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz.

But Japanese rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani is still balling, despite not being allowed on a mound since June. Ohtani also reached base on an infield single, stole a base, and scored on a tag-up from third. The dude can do it all, and speaking of doing it all, he’ll soon make his return to pitching.

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