While he was not on the hill, the Japanese sensation did pick up a bat. The 2018 Rookie of the Year hit .286 with 18 homers, 62 RBI and a robust .848 OPS in his second big-league season.
There’s now good news on this front for Los Angeles. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels expect Ohtani to be back on the mound by mid-May.
Angels targeting mid May for Shohei Ohtani to start pitching. He will be able to hit from opening day.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) February 11, 2020
That has to be music to the ears of Angels fans the world over, especially after the long-anticipated trade of Joc Pederson from the Dodgers fell through.
Ohtani, 25, pitched to a 4-2 record with a 3.31 ERA and 1.16 WHIP as a rookie in 2018. He struck out 63 batters in just 51 2/3 innings of work.