Shohei Ohtani RUMORS & NEWS

  • Shohei Ohtani understands why he wasn’t invited to Home Run Derby

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani has openly stated that he wants to participate in the Home Run Derby, but his 12 home runs in 49 games this season were not enough to earn him an invitation. Some would say he was snubbed, but the Los Angeles Angels star is not pouting over it. Ohtani said on Wednesday..." July 04

  • It Is Time Now To Demand That MLB Invite Shohei Ohtani To The Home Run Derby

    Deadspin "Shohei Ohtani smoked another big home run Thursday, a sizzling shot to straightaway center against the puny Oakland Athletics. It was his 10th dinger of the season, and his seventh in the month of June, a period during which he’s also hit for the cycle and driven his slugging percentage..." June 28

  • Shohei Ohtani to throw off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "The Angels announced last night that Shohei Ohtani will throw off a mound today. It will be the first time he has done so since undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. Ohtani returned to the Angels’ lineup as a designated hitter on May 7, and since then he has hit..." June 26

  • Angels’ Shohei Ohtani said he’d like to compete in HR Derby, if he’s asked

    Orange County Register "If Major League Baseball wants Shohei Ohtani in the Home Run Derby, Ohtani says he’s willing to give it a shot. However, Ohtani conceded that hasn’t discussed the possibility with the Angels, who may have concerns about the added demands on his surgically repaired right..." June 24

  • Shohei Ohtani becomes first Japanese-born player to hit for cycle

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani made history on Thursday night in the Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Angels DH came out on fire against the Rays, slugging an opposite field 3-run home run in the first. He followed it up with a double in the third, triple in the fourth,..." June 14

  • Shohei Ohtani shares why he flexed after home run

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani teamed up with Mike Trout and Tommy La Stella to belt back-to-back-to-back home runs in Saturday night’s win over the Seattle Mariners, and Ohtani gave little flex after hitting his solo shot. That type of celebration seemed a bit uncharacteristic for the 24-year-old, but he..." June 09

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani expected to face M's lefty Yusei Kikuchi

    ESPN "The highly anticipated showdown between Yusei Kikuchi and Shohei Ohtani is expected to finally take place Saturday, in the middle of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani was still on his way back from Tommy John surgery when Kikuchi first..." June 07

  • Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani get hurt on back-to-back plays

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels suffered an awful stretch during the eighth inning of Monday night’s 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins when Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons got hurt on consecutive plays. First came Ohtani, who led off the bottom of the eighth and struck out by going..." May 21

  • Bill James throws shade at Shohei Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "Statistician Bill James isn’t a big fan of hype, it seems, and that means he’s a bit of a skeptic when it comes to Shohei Ohtani. James, regarded as the godfather of analytics in baseball, took a swipe at Ohtani — or perhaps more specifically the hype around him..." May 19

  • Ohtani sitting in finale against Orioles "Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was not in the starting lineup for Sunday’s finale against the Orioles. “It was planned,” manager Brad Ausmus said before the game. “I told him two days ago.” Ohtani is 4-for-21 with three RBIs since being..." May 12

  • Los Angeles Angels activate Shohei Ohtani from injured list

    TSN "The Los Angeles Angels have activated Shohei Ohtani for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.  He will bat third and be the DH for the Angels at Comerica Park. Ohtani won the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year award after posting a 4-2 record with a 3.31 ERA..." May 07

  • Shohei Ohtani likely to be activated Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler said today that DH Shohei Ohtani will meet up with the Angels in Detroit on Tuesday and could be activated off the injured list for that night’s game. The Angels want to assess him first but one assumes that they wouldn’t fly him to..." May 06

  • Angels could be targeting Tuesday return for Shohei Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani has been recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in October, and all signs point to him being just days away from returning to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup. As Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes, Ohtani had six more plate appearances in a..." May 05

  • Angels expect to activate Ohtani during upcoming road trip

    The Score "Shohei Ohtani's 2019 debut will most likely come on the Los Angeles Angels' upcoming road trip. The team expects to activate the reigning AL Rookie of the Year before they return to Anaheim on May 17th, manager Brad Ausmus told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles..." May 02

  • Shohei Ohtani feels like he's ready to join Angels' lineup and is 'a little impatient' awaiting his 2019 debut

    CBS Sports "Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery in October of last year, which means he won't pitch at all this season. He will, however, return as the Halos' primary designated hitter at some point. Coming into the season, estimates had Ohtani returning to game..." May 02

  • Shohei Ohtani won't return to Angels for at least another week

    Los Angeles Times "Manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Shohei Ohtani will not join the Angels this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico, ruling out Ohtani joining the lineup until May 7 at the earliest. “They want to progress it slowly, from a medical standpoint, to make sure he’s not overloaded..." May 01

  • Shohei Ohtani won't make season debut during Angels' next home stand

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani won’t make his season debut during their homestand from April 30-May 5, manager Brad Ausmus told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register and other reporters Sunday. The two-way star is still on the mend from the Tommy John..." April 29

  • Shohei Ohtani wears large robot-like brace while running bases

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani appears to have gotten an upgrade to his operating system. The Los Angeles Angels star took the field Saturday sporting a large protective brace on his right elbow that made him look cyborg-like. Maria Torres of the LA Times shared video, which included Ohtani briefly..." April 21

  • Shohei Ohtani to take batting practice with Angels for first time

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is getting closer and closer to a return for the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani has been cleared to participate in batting practice and will join his team on the field Friday, marking his first time doing so all season.

  • Ohtani won't need rehab stint before rejoining Angels as DH

    The Score "Shohei Ohtani's first game action of 2019 will come in a Los Angeles Angels uniform. Ohtani, who's closing in on a return as a designated hitter following offseason Tommy John surgery, won't require a minor-league rehab assignment before resuming his major-league career,..." April 16

  • Angels’ Shohei Ohtani gets positive news from latest check-up

    Orange County Register "Shohei Ohtani had a follow-up appointment on Monday and was cleared to begin facing live pitching in about a week, bringing his return to the lineup a step closer. “All is good,” Manager Brad Ausmus said Monday afternoon. “Everything came back good. The doctor was..." April 16

  • Shohei Ohtani ready to ramp up his rehab

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is feeling good in his rehab and ready to ramp things up. The Los Angeles Angels two-way player is recovering from offseason Tommy John surgery that will prevent him from pitching this season. But he is working his way back so he can contribute to the team as a..." April 10

  • Shohei Ohtani feels he can be ready to return this month

    Larry Brown Sports "There is good news on the Shohei Ohtani injury recovery front. Ohtani spoke with the media on Thursday and said that he feels like he could be ready to return later this month. Though Ohtani thinks he could be ready within weeks, the Los Angeles Angels are making the..." April 04

  • Shohei Ohtani taking BP for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Sportsnaut "While recovery from Tommy John surgery is keeping Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani from playing on Opening Day, he is taking a big step forward. Citing manager Brad Ausmus, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reported on Thursday that Ohtani is taking live batting practice..." March 28

  • Focus on hitting ought to boost Shohei Ohtani's numbers

    Los Angeles Times "Shohei Ohtani would reject it and the Angels would never do it, not to mention the fans, who would absolutely deplore it. Still, the idea is worth contemplating, which is why the scout on the phone raised the possibility of Ohtani eventually becoming a full-time..." March 22

  • Ohtani takes BP for first time since surgery "Shohei Ohtani took batting practice in the batting cages on Sunday, the first time he has done so since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1. Ohtani began participating in soft-toss drills on March 1 and took a step up on Sunday. He hit 10 balls off a tee, 10 during soft toss and..." March 17

  • Shohei Ohtani provides update on Tommy John recovery

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani met with the media on Wednesday to provide an update on his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Ohtani, who underwent the operation on October 1, began gently tossing the ball last week. On Wednesday, he played catch from about 50 feet with about 30 percent intensity...." March 14

  • Shohei Ohtani will not return before May

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani may want to make his 2019 debut before May, but it does not appear to be on the agenda. The Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher/DH is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is expected to at least hit this season, but manager Brad Ausmus pumped the brakes on an early..." March 09

  • Shohei Ohtani targeting early May return as DH

    Yardbarker "Angels right-hander/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani played catch Friday — his first time throwing since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. The Angels tweeted video of the 23-year-old doing so, and Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times adds that he made about 60 to 70 light tosses from a..." March 08

  • Shohei Ohtani to begin throwing 'on the sooner side of imminent'

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Angels shared some good news Thursday morning as it pertains to two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year. Manager Brad Ausmus said that Ohtani is going to begin throwing “on the sooner side of imminent,” per Maria..." March 07

  • Ohtani advances to next step en route to return "Shohei Ohtani took another step forward Friday in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, as he progressed to hitting soft toss after previously hitting off a tee for a week. Ohtani, who underwent the operation on his right elbow on Oct. 1 and will only serve as a designated hitter this..." March 01

  • Albert Pujols, Shohei Ohtani eyeing return for Opening Day

    ESPN "Albert Pujols joined Mike Trout for some on-field batting practice in one of the backfields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex at around 10:30 a.m. MT on Sunday, by which point Shohei Ohtani had already left the facility altogether. Pujols and Ohtani reside in noticeably different stages of..." February 17

  • Shohei Ohtani will not be ready for Opening Day

    Hardball Talk " Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters on Thursday that Shohei Ohtani will not be ready for Opening Day. Not the biggest shock in the world given that he had Tommy John surgery in October, but it’s not like the rehab for coming back to just hit, as..." February 01