The 2019 edition of Sho-time will be slightly delayed.
general manager Billy Eppler revealed Thursday that two-way phenom , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, will not be ready to play Opening Day, according to .
Despite Thursday’s news, Eppler sounded optimistic about Ohtani’s progression during his recovery, and said that a follow-up appointment with surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache went “very well.” The 24-year-old will soon resume strength training and will take his first swings since the surgery in a few weeks’ time.
Ohtani won’t pitch in 2019 due to the surgery, but he’s expected to return as a designated hitter during the upcoming season. Until he’s ready to go, one ofand will fill the Angels’ designated hitter slot.
The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year slashed .285/.361/.564 with 22 homers and 10 steals in 367 plate appearances last season, while also posting a 3.31 ERA and averaging 11 strikeouts per nine innings over 10 starts on the mound.
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