Ohtani throws bullpen session, serves as DH
7:12 PM ET
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani completed a light bullpen session, then was penciled into the lineup as designated hitter for Saturday night’s game against the visiting Oakland Athletics.
Ohtani reportedly threw about 20 pitches, mostly fastballs.
Angels star Mike Trout went on the 10-day DL on Friday, and manager Mike Scioscia said he’s confident Trout will be back in the lineup for next week’s series against the Rangers.
He has not pitched since June 6 because of a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow. The team has been hoping the rookie from Japan can avoid Tommy John surgery.
Ohtani went 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts over 49⅓ innings in his first nine big league starts before getting hurt.
He did return to his DH duties at the start of July and was hitting .273 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs in 198 at-bats entering Saturday’s game.