Los Angeles Teams

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia pronounced himself optimistic about Shohei Ohtani's health after a Yahoo Sports report revealed that the team's new addition has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. "The understanding we have is that it's something that's behind him," Scioscia said. "There's no concern. There are no restrictions. He'll be full go in spring training." Scioscia reiterated that the Angels are thinking about using Ohtani as part of a six-man rotation in 2018.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams had an open spot on their active roster, and they filled it by promoting DB Isaiah Johnson from the practice squad. More depth in their secondary with CB Kayvon Webster (ruptured Achilles) out for the year. CB Marcus Sayles was added to the practice squad.

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Some have questioned the Ball family's decision to send LiAngelo and LaMelo to Lithuania to begin their pro careers. LaVar Ball told me tonight he's looking forward to seeing the "smiles on my sons' faces at the fact they're playing basketball competitively again." He added, "My boys are going over there to have fun, change the culture. Now young cats is coming to the game. That's all we're going over there to do, man: play."

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