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Friday, February 22, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY WATCH: ANGELS OUTFIELDER SHOHEI OHTANI HITS OFF TEE FRIDAY, LIKELY WON'T RETURN UNTIL MAY

Los Angeles Angeles pitcher/DH Shoehei Ohtani hit off a tee for the first time since Tommy John elbow surgery last summer but his anticipated return to major league action is expected to be sometime in May.  While Ohtani will not throw a single pitch this season due to the Tommy John, he is expected to be fully cleared to return as a full-time hitter who can play some first base, the outfield, and DH.  Even though most of the attention Ohtani generated a year ago centered on pitching, he was still very productive with the bat in swatting 22 home runs in just 367 at-bats.  While Ohtani's 27.8 K/9 rare was ugly, his .285 average was solid as was the 10.1 BB/9 rate.  Ohtani even threw in 10 steals for good measure and so there is a lot to like here for a guy who is likely not going to cost much at the draft table.  As your UTIL or a prime backup bat, Ohtani looks like a good value. 


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