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Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney back on the mound in Angels intrasquad game

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The Angels played an intrasquad game at Angel Stadium on Tuesday evening, with Shohei Ohtani back on a major league mound and facing opening day starter Andrew Heaney.

Ohtani last pitched in a major league game on September 2, 2018, his only start in the last 25 months, with Tommy John wiping out the mound portion of his 2019 season. Just the thought of Ohtani back as a true two-way threat again is exciting for the Angels, and pitching three innings Tuesday was a step toward that goal.

But with that long layoff came rustiness, according to the Angels coaching staff. Well, that and the seven walks, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

“I thought his command was off. He just wasn’t as sharp as he can be,” manager Joe Maddon told reporters on a Zoom call after the game. “There’s nothing to be concerned or alarmed with, but he just didn’t have good rhythm with his delivery.”

Here’s Ohtani facing Anthony Rendon and Albert Pujols in the intrasquad game.