The same day that Shohei ohtani Announced as the AL Player of the Month in July, the two-way star was working to get back into the pitching business Monday at Globe Life Field.
Japan’s Ohtani has been the designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in each of the past five games despite being hit on his thumb from pitching for an errant foul in the dugout last Wednesday:
He threw a bullpen session before starting as a designated hitter in the series opener against the Texas Rangers. Instead of waiting for the Freeway Series against the Dodgers starting Friday, manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani could pitch in Texas on Wednesday.
As for Ohtani’s hitting, the Major League Baseball home run leader hit 22 of his 37 dingers between June and July, with a 1,186 OPS. He is the first American League Player of the Month in consecutive months since Josh Hamilton in 2012.
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Since the All-Star Game, Ohtani is hitting a .255 plus walking average with four home runs.
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