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Sport Determined Ohtani charging back into 2-way role for Angels

02:50  05 july  2020
02:50  05 july  2020 Source:   ap.org

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Angels ' Ohtani (elbow) back to 'normal routine'. The majors' first serious two - way player in decades is alternating between batting practice and bullpen sessions this week at the Big A. Ohtani is determined to contribute on the mound and at the plate when the Angels return to action later this

Shohei Ohtani will resume his two - way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed Tuesday that his Japanese star will pitch and hit in the majors this season. Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing Tommy John

a group of people walking on the roof of a building: Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) looks for stray baseballs in the stands near cutouts of fans during practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) © APWF Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) looks for stray baseballs in the stands near cutouts of fans during practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani is doing twice as much work as his Los Angeles Angels teammates again, and he's thrilled about it.

The majors' first serious two-way player in decades is alternating between batting practice and bullpen sessions this week at the Big A. Ohtani is determined to contribute on the mound and at the plate when the Angels return to action later this month for the short major league season.

Shohei Ohtani will return to being two-way player at start of 2020 season

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— Shohei Ohtani will resume his two - way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed Tuesday that his Japanese star will pitch and hit in the majors this season. Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing Tommy John

(AP) — Shohei Ohtani will resume his two - way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed Tuesday that his Japanese star will pitch and hit in the majors this season. Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing

Ohtani will pitch roughly once a week, and he'll serve as the Halos' designated hitter for a few games in between. If all goes as planned, he'll get at least eight mound starts and at least 30 games as a DH.

He has been waiting to get back in full form since late 2018, when his AL Rookie of the Year campaign ended with Tommy John surgery. After roughly 17 months of patient arm rehab and a four-month pause at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Ohtani is fully healthy and eager to do it all again.

The necessary training regimen keeps him uncommonly busy, but Ohtani embraces it with the ascetic mentality that got him to elite levels in Japan and North America.

''It's been normal for me to be doing both pitching and hitting my whole professional career, so last year was the weird season for me,'' Ohtani said Saturday through his translator. ''Actually, it feels like I'm going back to my normal routine this year. In that sense, I feel very comfortable. And it's a short season. It's more of a sprint than a marathon, so I'm just trying to go 100 percent out of the gate.''

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— Shohei Ohtani will resume his two - way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed Tuesday that his Japanese star will pitch and hit in the majors this season. Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing

(AP) — Shohei Ohtani will resume his two - way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns. Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Eppler also went into details on the Angels ’ adherence to health and safety protocols at Angel

a baseball player holding a glove: Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) catches a ball during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) © APWF Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) catches a ball during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Ohtani largely stuck around Anaheim for the past few months, and he was allowed to keep up his workouts at Angel Stadium because he was recovering from injury. He apparently formed a comfortable bubble around his life and stayed focused on the future.

''Other than going to the field and back, I had a lot of down time,'' Ohtani said. ''Obviously, I have to eat and cook and stay healthy. On my down time, I was reading books and watching TV, but I would say I spent most of the time sleeping.''

Ohtani, who turns 26 on Sunday, had already done remarkable things before his elbow gave out two years ago. He also needed left knee surgery after last season, which he spent entirely as a DH, but he is fully recovered from both procedures.

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Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning of a game Ohtani also said he’s “confident” than he can make it back to pitch this year. “Today was a big first It’s not determined what’s next, although it would presumably be a traditional bullpen session with the

Coveted 2 - way phenom Ohtani picks Angels . By Maria Guardado. Ohtani wore No. 11 in Japan, but that number has been retired by the Angels for Jim Fregosi. On Friday night, the team tweeted a video of a jersey being made with Ohtani 's name an No. 17 on the back .

a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) stretches during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) © APWF Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) stretches during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

His coaches and teammates are seeing some of the stunning all-around athletic talent they remember from 2018, although Ohtani cautions everyone to wait until he's actually throwing to live hitters.

''He looks great (on the mound), and he looks really good in the batter's box, too,'' new Angels manager Joe Maddon said. ''The guys that have been around him more than I have are really impressed with where he's at right now, what he looks like, physical shape. I just keep hearing from the coaches that have seen him in the past how good he looks right now.''

Maddon first got to know Ohtani at spring training in Arizona, and they spoke a few times at Angel Stadium during the pandemic pause. Ohtani already was formidably athletic, and a long offseason of work only appears to have improved his physique and technique.

a baseball player throwing a ball: Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) pitches during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) © APWF Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) pitches during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

''He's a quiet kid,'' Maddon said. ''He's very internal. He's analytical. He smiles easily. He's just a good soul. He's just so dedicated to his craft. He doesn't want to be good. He wants to be great. That's the takeaway I get from him. He's motivated.''

Shohei Ohtani back on Big A mound in Angels' intrasquad game

  Shohei Ohtani back on Big A mound in Angels' intrasquad game ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani threw competitive pitches off the mound at Angel Stadium on Tuesday for the first time in two years. Ohtani struggled with his control in the Los Angeles Angels' intrasquad game, walking eight batters on about 50 pitches. The two-way star and manager Joe Maddon weren't overly concerned about the results of another key day in Ohtani's return from Tommy John surgery. “I was able to throw all my pitches today, so I’m just going to try to build on that,” Ohtani said through a translator. “Obviously it felt a lot different from my bullpens, especially because I was unfamiliar with pitching to my teammates.

Shohei Ohtani , who was a star for Japan’s national team as well as the Nippon-Ham Fighters He will now set about trying to become baseball’s first two - way star since the player who inspired In truth, his name does not directly translate from kanji, the symbols used to write Japanese, into English letters.

The Japanese two - way star announced Friday he will sign with the Los Angeles Angels , ending the sweepstakes surrounding his move to the majors in a surprising destination. Ohtani , who intends to be both a starting pitcher and an everyday power hitter, turned down interest from every other big-league

Ohtani is likely to pitch in an intrasquad game in the upcoming week as he gets into peak form for the start of the season in less than three weeks.

''I'll ramp up my intensity from there and see how my arm reacts,'' Ohtani said. ''But as of now, I feel really good.''

NOTES: New starting pitcher Julio Teheran is not yet in camp, and Maddon didn't disclose the reason. The Angels signed the Colombian right-hander to a one-year deal in the offseason, and he is expected to be in their rotation. ... The team is scheduled for its first intrasquad game Tuesday in Anaheim.

a man wearing a baseball uniform throwing a ball: Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) pitches during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) © APWF Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) pitches during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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