The Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani is close to returning to action.
Ohtani, is still recovering from his Tommy John surgery to repair his Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his right elbow. He still plans on pitching, but will not be pitching this season and will only serve as the DH. Ohtani will still be taking all of the steps that a pitcher needs to do while recovering from Tommy John surgery while hitting this season.
Shohei Ohtani was said to have needed 40 at-bats in a simulated environment before being activated from the Injured List. The reason he needs 40 at-bats is that it will get him ready for in-game action since the Angels did not want to send him on a rehab assignment in the minor leagues. The Angels wanted to control how many at-bats he could get and that is why they wanted him to be in a simulated environment.
Angels Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Ohtani will not be playing during this 3 game set versus the Toronto Blue Jays. He, will be activated from the Injured List sometime during their upcoming 11-game road trip. The Angels have two home games during this trip, but they are played in Monterrey, Mexico.
The belief is that Shohei will be activated during the two-game set versus the Astros in Mexico this Saturday- Sunday or after that in Detroit which will be a three-game set from Tuesday-Thursday.
UPDATE: Shohei Ohtani will not be heading to Mexico with the Angels. Manager Brad Ausmus explained, “He just needs more at-bats.” Shohei will likely be activated off of the Injured List next Tuesday in Detroit.
The Angels will be glad to get the AL Rookie of the Year back in their lineup. The Angels lineup has been better as of late and Ohtani should be a boost to the lineup.
Ohtani, showed Major League Baseball last season that he had big-time power by hitting 22 Home Runs in 326 at-bats. The Angels hope that he will continue to impress in his 2nd year in MLB.
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