Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels this offseason, and the talented two way player made his a desire to pitch and hit in the MLB clear when signing with the team. Ohtani seems to have gotten his wish, as manager Mike Scoscia plans to use Ohtani in a number of different roles on the field this season. With the team likely to use a six man rotation this season, Ohtani can be rested enough to hit on his off days. Ohtani's role will extend beyond just hitting and pitching though, as Scioscia plans to use him as a pinch runner as well. Employing a pitcher as a pinch runner is nontraditional, but Ohtani is far from a traditional MLB player. The 23-year-old posted a sparkling 2.52 ERA in his four year career in Japan while also accumulating a .286 batting average and 48 home runs.
Scioscia: Ohtani available to pinch hit, pinch run on non-pitching days
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