Shohei Ohtani (28), who got off the mound, was on the top of the Buddha, even with the loud cheers from the stand.
In the White Sox match on June 29 (local time), Otani was told to change while keeping no runs until two deaths in the sixth inning. I made it bleed.
At bat immediately after getting off the board, a full swing with unprecedented power. He screamed and slammed his strained hips many times.
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“Otani does not appear on the ground until just before the start of the game and does not receive individual interviews, so I do not know his current state and feelings. However, the number of pitches this time is 108, which is the same as the previous time. This will be the most tie for Otani this season. It is certain that the burden on the body will be heavier due to the participation as a designated hitter. “
That’s what Jeff Fletcher, a reporter for the Orange County Register, a local newspaper that has been an Angels journalist for over 10 years and has interviewed Otani from a rookie year. On July 12, Otani’s biography will be released simultaneously in Japan and the United States.
“I don’t think a feeling of discomfort in the lower back will lead to injury, but I’m not surprised if I miss a few games in the future. Otani’s life as a player was a fight against injury,” Fletcher said. )
Otani underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018, and in 2019 he underwent surgery for the “bipartite patella,” which was congenitally split into two plates on the left knee.
“I’ve been fighting knee pain throughout the season in 2019. It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve had no pain.”
On the other hand, the team was sluggish with 14 consecutive losses, and Joe Maddon was dismissed on June 7. Third base coach Phil Nevin has taken over as acting coach.
“Otani blossomed after coming to the United States because Madone valued communication with the players and was a person who followed his instincts on the ground. Nevin is a similar type, which is why he hopes to continue throwing at the Royals match on June 22nd. I respected Otani and left the mound to me. “
However, Nevin was suspended for 10 games in the Mariners game on June 26, instructing his pitcher to throw a hit by pitch. On the 29th, the crowd booed Ray Montgomery’s “acting director” who told Otani to change.
“Montgomery was a front-runner who had been a scout for many years, so I was surprised he was on the bench last season, but the frequent changes in commander have an impact on Otani’s play. I don’t think there are many. “
However, in June, US sports broadcasting stations “ESPN” and “WFAN” reported on the possibility of Otani’s entry into Mets next season, and Otani’s transfer information has suddenly emerged. Fletcher laughs at the possibility of such a trade.
“I think that possibility is zero at the moment. Especially when Otani is transferred during the season, it is necessary to adjust the entire player frame, such as increasing the treatment of designated hitters and the number of starting pitchers. I don’t think there are any teams that will start teaming during the season. “
On the other hand, there is still the possibility of transferring off now.
“Otani’s contract is until 2023 off. The Angels are now trying their best to keep Otani, but if Otani, who is particular about the” winning team “, does not indicate his intention to extend the contract, he can move forward to secure his strength. There is sex “
The top of the Buddha floated because of the sense of responsibility for victory. Otani’s departure depends on the Angels’ advance into the playoffs.
Interview / Sentence / Taka Daimaru (Translator of Jeff Fletcher’s new book “SHO-TIME”)
(Weekly FLASH July 19, 2022 issue)