As a starting pitcher and a designated hitter, Los Angeles Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani is embarking on a two-way journey that no major leaguer has successfully pulled off since Babe Ruth himself. Will Ohtani dominate on the mound and crush at the plate?
When can I see Ohtani next?
At the plate -- The Angels open the second half of the season at home against Houston, but Ohtani may not be in the starting lineup in the first game on Friday with lefty Dallas Keuchel scheduled to start for the Astros.
On the mound -- When general manager Billy Eppler announced Ohtani had been cleared to hit, he said Ohtani had an MRI that noted improvement in his ulnar collateral ligament and said he expected to continue to see progress. But the GM declined to address whether Ohtani would pitch again this season.
For more on what Ohtani's injury could involve, and potential courses of action the Angels may have to take, you can read Stephania Bell's analysis of the possibilities and the risks.
What did Ohtani do last?
At the plate -- He came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning on Sunday, striking out to lower his triple-slash rates to .283/.365/.522 on the season, with seven home runs in 138 at-bats.
On the mound -- Ohtani's start against the Royals on June 6 was cut short after four innings because of a blister on his pitching hand. He hasn't returned to the mound since due to his UCL situation.