Shohei Ohtani has appeared in nine of the Los Angeles Angels' first 14 games, but wants to do more. Now that the Red Sox have lost a game, the Angels are the hottest team in baseball and Thursday's 7-1 win over the Royals was their fifth straight win and they have climbed all the way to 11-3 on the year.
Ohtani described how the team was ensuring he make regular contact with medical staff, who conduct daily assessments to determine his strength and overall health before being cleared for game time.
"It's the beginning of the season, so I think they are being pretty careful with me right now", he said through a translator Wednesday, per ESPN.
"Yeah, it was a great year, but I feel like it's more about overcoming so many obstacles", he said. If not, that's what it is. "You could say they made the right moves, because they ended up winning the World Series".More news: Mourinho reveals what he told Pogba after Man City heroics
As a pitcher, Ohtani is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 13 innings.
In his first seven games with an at-bat, including one as a pinch-hitter, the left-handed slugger hit.346 with three homers.
After another road victory on Thursday night, will the Los Angeles Angels continue their impressive play away from home when they meet up against the Kansas City Royals at 8:15PM ET? He didn't play in the games before or after his first two pitching starts.
Japanese media are encouraged to stay out of the clubhouse, which is typically open to the media several hours before first pitch, unless they have specific questions for Ohtani's teammates - an edict that provoked few protests from Japanese reporters, because clubhouses in Japan are uniformly closed to the media. "Whit has been a good table-setter, now let's see if we can take him from a table-setter to a table-cleaner-upper", manager Ned Yost said. That is the fastest time ever recorded for a pitcher chugging it from home to third.More news: Unnao rape case: Zero tolerance against corruption, crime: Yogi Adityanath
Throughout Ohtani signing autographs, Leo was asking him if he could have one of his bats over and over again.
Scioscia said it was a balancing act trying to keep Ohtani's ability to bat fresh in relation to being ready to pitch. I have nobody to compare to.
Mike Trout homered for the Angels, and Ian Kinsler went deep on his first swing in his return to the lineup. "He knows what he's coming to the ballpark to do that day, whether it's on the offensive side of the ball or defensive side". And they also established a set of rules that are unusual even for high-attention stars. "He's so focused on playing baseball and being the best he can be over here and just not anxious about all the other stuff".More news: CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win in Javelin Throw