As if Shohei Ohtani hasn’t made a big-enough affect early in his main league profession, he desires to do extra.
The twin-purpose phenom has began seven of the Angels’ first 13 video games — twice as a pitcher and 5 occasions as designated hitter. He has excelled at each, beginning 2-Zero with a 2.08 ERA along with swatting three dwelling runs whereas posting a .364 batting common.
Whereas the staff is resting the 23-year-old rookie on days earlier than and after he pitches, Ohtani is keen to play extra.
“I talk to the medical staff every day, and they see how I’m doing, my strength level, to see if I can play that day,” Ohtani instructed reporters through his translator after the Angels’ 7-2 win on Wednesday night time.
“It’s the beginning of the season, so I think they are being pretty careful with me right now. Once the season gets tougher and the schedule gets tougher throughout the summer, hopefully I can make them want to play me more. I would like to play more. If not, that’s what it is. I have to follow what they have to say.”
Supervisor Mike Scioscia plans to have Ohtani function DH towards the Kansas Metropolis Royals on Thursday and Friday, with a relaxation day Saturday earlier than his subsequent scheduled begin within the rotation on Sunday.
All of Ohtani’s pitching begins this season have come on six days’ relaxation.