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Shohei Ohtani’s Debut Delayed: Dodgers Spring Training Progress and Expectations

The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to kick off their Spring Training season with a game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, but fans anticipating the debut of new designated hitter Shohei Ohtani will have to wait a bit longer.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts disclosed that Ohtani will not be taking the field this week; however, they anticipate him making an appearance sometime next week, according to Doug McKain of Dodgers Nation.

There will be ample opportunities for Ohtani to showcase his skills next week, as the Dodgers have games scheduled every day from February 26 to March 3, facing off against various teams including the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, reigning champion Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Guardians, Chicago Cubs, and Milwaukee Brewers. Despite the delay in his debut during Spring Training, Ohtani is gearing up to get significant playing time before the regular season commences. Roberts mentioned that Ohtani aims for a minimum of 50 at-bats before the season opener, encompassing exhibition games and live at-bats against teammates.

The exact date of Ohtani’s debut will likely be determined closer to when he officially steps onto the field for game action with the Dodgers. Currently, Ohtani is actively participating in batting practice, offering fans a glimpse of what to expect from him this season.

This progression marks positive strides for Ohtani as he continues his recovery from a torn UCL that prematurely ended his 2023 season with the Los Angeles Angels. Furthermore, Ohtani has expressed confidence in being prepared for the Dodgers’ opening regular season game against the Padres in Seoul, Korea, slated for March 20.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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