Shohei Ohtani looks for his timing in Angels intrasquad game

first_imgWhile some of the Angels relievers have had some tough outings in spring training, General Manager Billy Eppler said he’s not concerned. Asked specifically about Blake Parker, who had allowed 11 runs in 5-2/3 innings, Eppler said he will fine. “I’ve seen him throw some pretty good splits,” Eppler said. “The velocity is there, so we just roll with that and what he did last year, and also the integrity of the stuff. Nothing there is sounding an alarm in my head yet.” “Shohei had some really good swings,” Scioscia said. “There were pitches he fouled off. He saw the ball well. He hit a couple balls hard. He drew a walk. I think he felt good seeing the ball.”Ohtani had a single against Skaggs on a curveball, which is a sign of progress. He had shown particular trouble with lefties and breaking balls this spring. He struck out three times against Skaggs in an intrasquad game last week.Scioscia said Ohtani will play in the big league exhibition against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. The Diamondbacks are scheduled to start Robby Ray, who was one of the best left-handed starters in the majors last year. Although the Angels say they don’t expect Ohtani to have any more trouble against lefties than righties, he is no doubt facing an unusually high percentage of tough lefties so far. All four of his at-bats on Sunday were against lefties, including one against sidearming specialist Alex Claudio.His next start on the mound is scheduled for Saturday. The Angels haven’t said if it will be in a major league game or a minor league game.ALSOSkaggs threw 88 pitches and got up for six innings, a performance that seemed to satisfy him and Scioscia. Skaggs last two starts have been in intrasquad games, but his next one will be in a big league exhibition, either Saturday or Sunday, he said. … Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img TEMPE, Ariz. — Shohei Ohtani took another “half step forward” in his development toward becoming a major league hitter on Monday, according to Manager Mike Scioscia.Ohtani came to bat nine times in an intrasquad game on Monday morning. The Angels opted for that kind of workout to accelerate his adjustment to major league pitching more than batting three or four times in a big league exhibition game.Ohtani faced Angels relievers Jim Johnson and Blake Wood and starter Tyler Skaggs, as well as one at-bat against minor league right-hander Sean Isaac. Ohtani had a walk and a single against the major leaguers, with two strikeouts. He doubled against Isaac.Ohtani is 2 for 24 in major league exhibition games, leading some to wonder if he’s ready to hit in the majors. The Angels have expressed continued confidence that he’ll make the necessary adjustments.last_img read more