February 20, 2024

Shohei Ohtani optimistic about recovery after mashing HRs in BP

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani took on-field batting observe for the primary time together with his new staff Monday at Glendale, Arizona, and placed on one other of his patented exhibits.

According to a number of studies, Ohtani swung at 21 pitches and hit 10 of them over the fence in his first exterior hitting work of spring coaching.

The batting observe session was the 29-year-old Ohtani’s first on a subject since he underwent surgical procedure Sept. 19 to restore a UCL tear in his proper elbow.

The two-time MVP is working inside a good recovery window to have the ability to play in the Dodgers’ season opener in South Korea on March 20 towards the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers and Padres play two video games in Seoul, then return to renew their regular-season schedules in the United States on March 28.

The Dodgers posted a video of Ohtani’s BP, the outcomes of which have him optimistic that he’ll have the ability to play on March 20.

“I was planning … to swing on the lighter side,” Ohtani informed reporters Monday by means of an interpreter. “But I felt like the swings were feeling really good, which is a really good sign. I think it’s trending towards me being ready for Opening Day.”

Despite Ohtani being unable to pitch this season, the Dodgers signed him to a 10-year free agent contract for a file $700 million, with $680 million deferred to be paid out in installments from 2034 to 2043.

The final time Ohtani took batting observe on the sphere was in September with the Los Angeles Angels. Reduced to being solely a hitter at that time, the two-way star finally reduce his season a month quick to endure surgical procedure.

In six seasons with the Angels, Ohtani gained the American League Rookie of the Year in 2018 and earned AL MVP honors in 2021 and 2023. Those awards got here amid two elbow accidents that required surgical procedure.

A profession .274 hitter with the Angels, Ohtahi additionally posted a .922 OPS, together with an MLB-best 1.066 final season. He has 171 residence runs and 437 RBIs in his main league profession, together with 44 residence runs and 95 RBIs in 2023.

As a pitcher, Ohtani is 38-19 in 86 profession begins for the Angels, with a 3.01 ERA. He went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA in 28 begins in 2022 and adopted that by going 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 begins final season.

Ohtani is anticipated to return to being a two-way participant for the Dodgers in 2025.

Field Level Media contributed to this story.