As a starting pitcher and a designated hitter, Los Angeles Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani is embarking on a two-way journey that no major leaguer has successfully pulled off since Babe Ruth himself. Will Ohtani dominate on the mound and crush at the plate?
When can I see Ohtani next?
At the plate -- With Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. due to start on Sunday, Ohtani is likely to be in the starting lineup for the Angels at DH.
On the mound -- When general manager Billy Eppler announced Ohtani had been cleared to hit, he said Ohtani had an MRI that noted improvement in his ulnar collateral ligament and said he expected to continue to see progress, but the GM declined to address whether Ohtani would pitch again this season. That changed on July 19, when the Angels announced that Ohtani has been cleared to resume throwing after having stem cells and platelet rich plasma injected into his elbow in June. Though there is no set timetable, he may return to the mound in September.
For more on what Ohtani's injury could involve, and potential courses of action the Angels may have to take, you can read Stephania Bell's analysis of the possibilities and the risks.
What did Ohtani do last?
At the plate -- He went 2-for-4 as the DH on Saturday, doubling twice to bring his triple-slash rates to .283/.362/.524 on the season, with seven home runs so far.
On the mound -- Ohtani's start against the Royals on June 6 was cut short after four innings because of a blister on his pitching hand. He hasn't returned to the mound since due to his UCL situation.