Angels’ Shohei Ohtani faces live pitching, nears return
Ohtani made four plate appearances Wednesday in a simulated game at Angel Stadium, several hours before the Angels faced the Yankees.
The AL Rookie of the Year drew two walks and hit a line drive into the gap.
Ohtani is expected to face about a week of live pitching before he returns to the Angels’ lineup. He isn’t expected to have a minor league assignment.
The Angels have long projected that Ohtani would return as their designated hitter in early May.
Ohtani had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1. He won’t pitch again until 2020.