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Shohei Ohtani still wild, but shows improvement in 2nd start

Monday Angels camp news & notes

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Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani continued to struggle with his command on Monday, making his second intrasquad start on the mound in camp. But both Ohtani and manager Joe Maddon saw improvement in the outing.

From Rhett Bollinger at MLB.com:

“It was obviously much better, performance-wise and command-wise,” Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara via Zoom. “I worked on my slide-step and got some fielding in. I feel good overall. I’m not overly concerned about the four walks. A lot of walks I was ahead in the count and I wasn’t able to locate. I need to work on my mechanics with my secondary stuff. That’s what I’ll be focusing on.”

Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic tracked Ohtani’s outing on Monday, which included more balls thrown than strikes:

This follows Ohtani’s first outing of summer camp, last Tuesday when he walked seven of 10 batters faced.

Maddon didn’t sound too worried about the results, since this was an intrasquad game, after all. The time to work on things. From Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register:

“He was a little better than the last time,” Maddon said. “A little better command. Obviously there is another level for him. I thought it was a step forward. Overall it was a better performance. I still think once we get a real game going on, with or without fans, you’ll see another level for him.”

Ohtani did have this nifty strikeout in his outing on Monday:

Jo Adell also got Othani for a double:

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