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Shohei Ohtani: Playing Time Too Stingy for Pitcher-Hitter Wunderkind

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Shohei Ohtani has appeared in nine of the Los Angeles Angels' first 14 games, but wants to do more.

The 23-year-old Ohtani, who played Thursday as a designated hitter, logged his first triple since moving to the United States over the winter.

Ohtani described how the team was ensuring he make regular contact with medical staff, who conduct daily assessments to determine his strength and overall health before being cleared for game time. Ohtani might drop off (hopefully not, god willing) but once his career ends this kid will think back on how kind a player he was and how willing he was to engage with a young fan at this level, especially only a few weeks into the season in a new league and in a new home for him.

"I was aiming to drive in more runs so I'm glad I did", Ohtani said. If not, that's what it is. "I have to follow what they say".

Perhaps a part of the decision was seeing Ohtani get intentionally walked on Thursday night.

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In just 19 at bats this season, Ohtani is hitting.368 at the plate with three home runs and seven runs batted in.

He will be be the starting pitcher on Sunday in the finale against the Royals, making it his third consecutive Sunday on the field, the Chicago Tribune reported.

With two strikes, Ohtani drove a 97 miles per hour fastball from Brandon Maurer to right-center for his first major league triple, scoring Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena. "We'll check with him and see when he's available and we'll go from there". He homered in three straight games earlier in the season and singled on Wednesday. The Tigers' three errors in the first four innings helped too.

Sheinin chronicles how grueling life can be for the reporters who must trail Ohtani at all times and chronicle his every move, and you have to imagine it's also exhausting for the famously reserved Ohtani, as well as for manager Mike Scioscia, who must field endless Ohtani questions every day, and Angels players, who have to deal with the extra media members milling around. I have nobody to compare to. "He knows what he's coming to the ballpark to do that day, whether it's on the offensive side of the ball or defensive side".

"Super humble", Martin said, describing Ohtani as a teammate. He made that pitch really good previously, so I had that in my head.

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