Report: Angels ‘cautiously optimistic’ that Shohei Ohtani will play again this season

The Los Angeles Angels have placed two-way star Shohei Ohtani on the DL. But while the outlook doesn’t seem great, the club does seem to think he’ll return at some point in 2018.

There’s been some speculation that Ohtani could need Tommy John Surgery. That would not only end his season, but would probably keep him out until late-2019 at the earliest.

With that in mind, it certainly makes sense that he’d be brought back as a pitcher.

Ohtani has thrived both as a hitter and as a pitcher in 2018. At the plate, he’s hitting .289/.372/.535 with six home runs. As a pitcher, Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and an 11.1 K/9 rate.