Angels’ Ohtani (flexor strain) has been pitching since October

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani has been throwing for the past month. He had been dealing with a flexor strain in his arm.

Ohtani has reportedly been throwing from a flat-grown to 120 feet. In addition, he is allegedly at 75-80%.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners
Shohei Ohtani hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners (Photo by the Los Angeles Angels/Instagram)

The Japanese star is one of the rare pitcher and hitter in MLB history. Manager Joe Maddon may ask Ohtani to choose one position — either pitcher or being a hitter — moving forward.

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However, at this time, the Angels have not asked Ohtani to make that decision. He is expected to be ready to play at spring training, before the 2021 season.

The 26-year-old has spent the last three seasons with the Angels. He can be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Ohtani appeared in 44 of the team’s 60 games due to the MLB coronavirus schedule in 2020. He had a .190 batting average with seven home runs and 24 RBIs in the aforementioned 44 games.

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He also had six doubles and 29 hits in 153 at-bats, while also scoring 23 runs. Ohtani struck out 50 times and walked 22 times.

The Oshu, Japan native started two games in 2020 for the Angels. He went 0-1 in the two games, including two starts, with a 37.80 ERA in 1 2/3 innings.

He allowed seven runs (seven earned runs) on three hits. Ohtani struck out three batters and walked eight.

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Ohtani returned this season after having Tommy John surgery. He made the aforementioned two starts, before dealing with forearm/elbow strain.

“I feel the exact same way about being a two-way player as I did in the past,” Ohtani said. “I just need to get past me being able to throw without any worries or any setbacks, and once I get through that point, I think everything’s going to fall in place.”

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