SEATTLE – Shohei Ohtani still wants to be a two-way player for the Los Angeles Angels despite having another season cut short on the mound due to arm troubles.
Ohtani won't pitch again this year after being shut down with a strained right forearm after an abbreviated outing Sunday. It was the second start of the season for the Japanese star since having Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2018.
Ohtani said Wednesday if the Angels asked him to end his dream of being a two-way player, he would listen. But his preference is to continue on the path of pitching and being an everyday hitter.
"Ideally if it comes down to them telling me to just focus on hitting or focus on one thing pitching, I will listen," Ohtani said through an interpreter. "But ideally, I would like to leave the window open for me to do both."
The Angels shut down Ohtani for the truncated season after he strained the flexor pronator mass near the elbow of his pitching arm.
"If the possibility is there, I still want to try it," Ohtani said of still pitching. "The Angels signed me thinking I'm going to be a two-way player. I just need to get healthy, back on the mound and try to accomplish it."