DETROIT (AP) — Shohei Ohtani returned from Tommy John surgery and took a called third strike from Detroit’s Daniel Norris in his first plate appearance this season.
The Los Angeles Angels activated the AL Rookie of the Year from the injured list before Tuesday night’s game at Detroit and he was in the lineup batting third as the designated hitter.
“Baseball is certainly not the type of sports that you focus on one night,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “We’re looking at using him as a DH for the vast majority of the next 4½ months. I’m not overly concerned about the immediate results, but just the long-term results.”
The 24-year-old Ohtani is not expected to pitch this year as he recovers from Tommy John