Angels’ Shohei Ohtani increases bullpen workload as he moves to return

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone SAN DIEGO — Shohei Ohtani inched closer to being able to pitch again on Monday.Ohtani threw a 33-pitch bullpen session, with the catcher in the normal squatting position. It was his first time doing so since he was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament more than two months ago. He had thrown 23 pitches on Saturday, with the catcher standing. That was his first time throwing off the mound at all in his rehab.Ohtani said he threw at about 70 percent velocity on Monday, including three curveballs and three sliders. He did not throw any splitters, but he said he doesn’t need to work on that pitch as much.“As long as my fastball is working well, it goes with the splitter,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “It’s something I don’t really need to work on.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels will decide on Ohtani’s next step after seeing how he rebounds from this workout. The Angels are aiming to get him back on the mound by the end of the season. At the current pace of his rehab, early September seems a reasonable estimate.“What was important is I was able to get through the bullpen today and I was able to throw,” Ohtani said. “It was a step forward and that’s a good sign.”TROUT UPDATEMike Trout is on the East Coast tending to a personal family matter, the Angels said.Trout is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday, the opening of a four-game series in Texas, but the Angels are uncertain if he’ll be ready by then.Trout has been out since he jammed his right wrist bracing himself against the dirt on a feet-first slide on Aug. 1. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ALSOThe Angels recalled right-hander Osmer Morales to add coverage to their bullpen as they scramble to cover for the two starters they recently placed on the disabled list. They are facing the prospect of having bullpen games in each of the first two games at Texas. Morales, 25, has a 6.22 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake, although Manager Mike Scioscia said he’s been pitching better lately. …Reliever Eduardo Paredes was optioned to make room for Morales. …Andrelton Simmons returned to the Angels’ lineup on Monday after being scratched from Sunday’s game with a sore knee…The Angels extended their player development contract with Salt Lake for four more years, through 2022. Salt Lake has been the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate since 2001.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Jaime Barría, 7-7, 3.59) at Padres (RHP Brett Kennedy, 0-1, 13.50), Tuesday, 7 p.m., Fox sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articleslast_img

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