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After being held out of the lineup for the past week, Shohei Ohtani started at DH for the Angels, batting sixth, on Saturday night and hit his sixth home run of the season. Ohtani finished the night 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs, and one RBI in a win over the Rangers.
It’s been a very rough season for the Angels two-way star, who even after tonight's big game is hitting just .200 with an anemic .672 OPS. The team evidently decided to give him a physical and mental break over the past week. Perhaps Ohtani can finish the season on a strong note if he gets regular playing time over the final week of the season.
Shohei Ohtani is absent from the Angels' lineup for the fifth straight day on Thursday.
The 26-year-old is once again sitting versus a southpaw. He's hitting .189 with a .635 OPS in 37 games this season.
Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani stole a base for the second consecutive game on Tuesday, now giving him seven steals on the season. However, Ohtani went just 1-for-4 at the plate with a single and a walk and now sports an anemic .194 AVG and .659 OPS on the year.
It's been a very tough season for Ohtani as both a hitter and a pitcher. Ohtani was given a day off on Sunday and has been moved all around the batting order in the past week in an attempt to get him going. With just under three weeks remaining in the season, it appears to be a lost year for Ohtani.
Shohei Ohtani stole his sixth base of the season in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros.
Ohtani now has five homers and six steals on the season, but he's hitting just .192 with a .664 OPS. He has recently been experimenting by playing the outfield and first base during pregame workouts. The Angels don't plan to use him at those positions though. It would be more of an emergency situation.
Angels designated hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani took fly balls in right field and grounders at first base yesterday in Houston, according to Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. Ohtani has only been serving as a designated hitter after being shut down as a pitcher a few weeks ago. Angels manager Joe Maddon reportedly thinks getting Ohtani moving could help him in the batter's box.
From a fantasy perspective, Ohtani playing the field would be huge. In most formats, he is only eligible in utility or designated hitter slots now that he can't be used as a pitcher. It doesn't sound like he is close to playing the field anytime soon, so this news might not have a huge impact on redraft leagues that are nearly half over. But in keeper in dynasty leagues, Ohtani gaining eligibility at either first base or the outfield would give fantasy owners a lot more flexibility. Through 24 games this season, Ohtani is batting .172 with 11 runs scored, five home runs, 14 RBI, and two stolen bases.