Shohei Ohtani of Angels set to launch on Friday – Orange County Register
ANAHEIM – Shohei Ohtani’s next highly anticipated departure is tentatively scheduled for Friday.
Manager Joe Maddon and his team decided to give Ohtani a few extra days between starts after his last start, during which his speed mysteriously dropped.
While Maddon has said he checks in with Ohtani every day and has no reason to believe the fall is a sign of injury, he’s giving Ohtani a bit more time nonetheless.
If Ohtani starts Friday in Oakland, he will have eight days off since he launched Wednesday. This start was on seven days off.
“Other than the speed of the gun, he didn’t really complain about anything,” Maddon said on Saturday. “And he didn’t want to complain about that. I try to do my due diligence daily, and he says he feels good.
Maddon added that Ohtani will have a day off when the team has a day off scheduled for Monday, and he said he will add another day off for Ohtani.
“I’m going to be looking to donate another day out there somewhere, to really start to be a little more proactive,” Maddon said.
Max Stassi, who has suffered a concussion since May 5, did some catching up in the bullpen before Saturday’s game.
Maddon said Stassi is showing improvement, but there is still no timeline for his return. Maddon also said he would likely need some sort of rehab mission before he could be activated.
“He’s going through baseball activities and they’re going to start pushing him a little bit more,” Maddon said. “He was very upbeat and optimistic. Better than several days ago. We will see how it comes out of activities and then do an evaluation. ”
The fact that Stassi missed so much time with an injury that didn’t seem serious at the time is a testament to the severity of concussions these days.
This is in stark contrast to the days when Maddon was young and played baseball and football.
“We’ve been ringing our bell all the time,” Maddon said. “You’ve seen these little white dots everywhere, but you never thought about them. But now, rightly and rightly, it’s been handled in a different way. Now we know a lot more.
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Third baseman Anthony Rendon was 6 for 30 (.200) without a hit since being taken off the injured list, despite having a home run robbed on Friday night.
Maddon said he noticed a pattern that Rendon started like when he got off the casualty list, before he got hot.
“He’s got that period as you see: a good swing, a foul ball straight back, a good swing, a foul ball straight back,” said Maddon. “He works well with bats. He’s not chasing, which I like. This tells me that his strike zone is in order. All those bogus balls coming back, you’re going to start to see going the other way. He just seems to find his rhythm, and then he could hit 0.400 for three or four weeks.
The Angels activated the Junior Guerra pitcher (right groin strain) and optional pitcher Dillon Peters. …
Andrew Heaney and Griffin Canning start against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, after Monday’s rest day.
Angels (RHP Dylan Bundy, 0-5, 6.02 ERA) vs A’s (LHP Sean Manaea, 3-2, 4.41), Sunday, 1:07 p.m., Bally Sports West, 830 AM