los angelesDodgedesignated hitterShohei OtaniToday, he took his first on-field batting practice at the Spring Training Center in Glendale, Arizona. He swung 21 times, 10 of which flew over the home run wall. He said his swing is feeling great and he is getting ready for the opening game.
Reuters reported that this batting practice was the first time Ohtani, 29, had taken the field since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow on September 19 last year.
Major League Baseball MLB’s two-time American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ohtani Shohei is undergoing intensive rehabilitation so he can play in the Dodgers’ regular season away game against the San Diego Padres on March 20 in South Korea. Can participate. Inaugural match. After two games in South Korea, both teams will return to the United States for the Dodgers’ home opener on March 28.
The results of this batting practice make Ohtani optimistic that he will be able to compete on March 20.
Ohtani told the media today through a translator: “I…was going to swing the bat a little lighter. But I think the swing feels really good, which is a very good sign. I think I Getting ready for the opening.” Day.”
Although Ohtani was unable to pitch this season, the Dodgers signed Ohtani to a 10-year contract. The signing amount reached a record 700 million yuan, of which 680 million yuan was deferred to be paid in equal installments from 2034 to 2043.
Ohtani last took batting practice on the field last September in L.A. Did it with.angelThe team trains together. Ohtani, who was known for his “two sword style”, could only hit at that time. He ultimately had surgery and the season ended a month early.
In six seasons with the Angels, Ohtani won American League Rookie of the Year in 2018 and American League Most Valuable Player of the Year honors in 2021 and 2023. The awards came amid two elbow injuries that required surgery.
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