Shohei Ohtani Will Be Part of 6-Man Rotation for Angels, Mike Scioscia Says

Shohei Ohtani Will Be Part of 6-Man Rotation for Angels, Mike Scioscia Says

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The Los Angeles Angels have outlined a plan for Shohei Ohtani to be a two-way player, but the bulk of his playing time will come as a starting pitcher.

Per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday the team will utilize a six-man rotation that will allow Ohtani to have more days between starts to hit:

“He’s going to get the most looks as a pitcher. If he can pitch to his capabilities, that will always influence your team more than what he would do hitting. But that’s not to say he won’t have a chance to be a difference-maker on the offensive end, too.

“There’s a certain novelty to it. You’ve had Madison Bumgarner swing the bat with the Giants, but not like we’re trying to implement with Shohei. I don’t think it’s going to be that big of an issue. We need him to pitch. He’s a big part of our rotation. Secondary to that, when he has an opportunity to swing the bat, we definitely want to take a look at him.”

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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February 13, 2018 at 05:00PM

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