Report: Shohei Ohtani set to return this week
Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register came out with a report this week detailing the LA Angels plans for their upcoming series against the Seattle Mariners.
In his piece, Fletcher wrote that the Angels are pulling out all the stops in their three-game series against the Mariners…
The Angels are starting Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs — their two best active pitchers — in the first and last games of the series. Jaime Barría, whose normal turn would have come during the series, was bumped back a few days to instead pitch on Friday, at home against the Dodgers.
The pitcher for the middle game of the series is currently listed as “TBA.” However, Garrett Richards came through his rehab outing on Friday with no hamstring issues, Manager Mike Scioscia said. Richards was scheduled for a bullpen session, after which the Angels could decide to have him pitch on Wednesday in Seattle.
Shohei Ohtani also could return to the Angels lineup in Seattle. Ohtani participated in a simulated game, facing live pitching, for a second straight day on Sunday. Scioscia said he was scheduled for another workout on Monday.
Although the Angels have not committed to when he’ll return to the lineup, it could be as soon as Tuesday.
Ohtani is out with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. While he is waiting for the platelet-rich plasma injection and stem-cell therapy to heal the ligament — in the hopes of pitching again this year — he and the Angels have been told that hitting poses no risk to the healing.
This is great news for Ohtani and Richards’ owners in fantasy baseball who have suffered without them for long stretches. Ohtani is no longer the dual-threat he was to start the season, but with a slash line of .289/.372/.535 with six home runs and 20 RBI he will add value to any fantasy team.