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Shohei Ohtani is slated to make his pitching debut in Friday's Cactus League game against the Oakland Athletics.
Angels manager Joe Maddon added that Ohtani could go two innings in his mound debut. He's already taken a few at-bats this spring but the Angels have to be more interested in how he looks on the mound after undergoing a flexor strain last year. The 26-year-old RHP threw a live batting practice on Saturday and reportedly hit 100 mph on the radar gun.
Angels manager Joe Maddon says Shohei Ohtani is on track to pitch on either Thursday or Friday.
Ohtani threw a 35-pitch live batting practice on Saturday and hit 100 mph on the radar gun. He's expected to begin the season as a two-way player, and his fantasy ADP could be on the rise with a healthy spring.
Shohei Ohtani maxed out at 100 mph in Saturday's 35-pitch live BP session.
It's notable after Ohtani's velocity was down at the start of pitchers and catchers reporting. Of course, we now know he was simply building up his arm strength. The plan is for Ohtani to once again enter the year as a two-way player for the Angels.
Shohei Ohtani told reporters that he topped out at 97 mph in a bullpen session Wednesday.
Ohtani has expressed a desire to remain a two-way player this season, and his velocity this early in Spring is an encouraging sign in his favor. He made just two starts in 2020 before being shut down with a forearm strain. He struggled mightily in those 1.2 innings, walking eight and allowing seven earned runs.
Shohei Ohtani told reporters on Tuesday that his left knee was never fully built back up last year after receiving surgery in 2019.
Ohtani noted that his nagging knee injury prevented him from properly planting his back foot last season. Now that the knee is fully healed, his approach and swing have adjusted back to their normal forms. Ohtani batted .190 with seven homers and seven steals in 2020.