It’s been over a week since Shohei Ohtani last pitched in a game, and it looks like it could still be some time before he takes the mound in a game.
On Monday, Ohtani threw a light 10-pitch bullpen session with his bandage off, just to get the feel of throwing again. When speaking to reporters prior to the game, manager Joe Maddon said that it went well, but it was just a light throwing session to get him back on the mound again. He didn’t have an update as to when he’ll be throwing his next session.
Following Monday’s game, Ohtani spoke with reporters, providing an update on how he thought the bullpen went earlier in the afternoon.
“Today was a lighter bullpen,” he said. “With today’s intensity and amount of throws it didn’t bug my finger too much. I have a higher intensity bullpen coming up, we’ll see how it looks then.”
Ohtani said that due to the intensity, he’s not sure how his blister will fare in a game. He says he won’t really know how his blister reacts until he’s back out on the mound in a real game.
“It’s hard to tell with the intensity of a bullpen,” he said. “I’m going to have to throw in a game with 100 percent effort. I’ll have to get in a game and see how it reacts after that.”
The Angels just can’t escape the injury bug, as they recently lost Dexter Fowler for the season and placed Anthony Rendon on the 10-day Injured List.
Max Stassi was removed from Monday’s game with a left thumb irritation. Following the game, Maddon said that he was sore after getting jammed on a pitch. He didn’t have an update and said he was getting tests done at the time of the interview.
Additionally, Juan Lagares was scratched right before first pitch with left calf tightness. Maddon said that it was brought to his attention right before the game. He said that it was a result of the wet game from Saturday night. Just like with Stassi, Maddon didn’t have an update from the trainers on how Lagares was doing, but called it a day-to-day situation.