Pretty Angel

23 Feb 19
Today's Trek

First Contact came out in November of 1996, five months after I graduated from college. My Trek fandom had waned somewhat by this point, but I still saw it in the theater, and I definitely remember a palpable sense of excitement about it among my Trekker friends. After the obligatory stage-sharing exercise that was Generations, […]

23 Feb 19
Restrain the Pillow

There’s something particularly demonic about backwards messages (see here and here). But what if words are initially demonic to begin with? In that case, would backwards messages become therefore holy? The answer, obviously, is no, but it lets me open up this entry with videos I like and also kicks off a discussion about the […]

23 Feb 19

By Fernando Acevedo (Quibbl’s resident Manchester United supporter) and Ryan Cluett (Quibbl’s resident Liverpool blow-hard)   Fernando: This Sunday, Manchester United and Liverpool will renew their bitter rivalry when they meet in another highly anticipated English Premier League match. Manchester United began the season hoping to improve on last season’s second place finish, but the […]

23 Feb 19
Croydon Arts and Crafts Blog

Hello again, and once again it is time for the Croydon Modern Art review, and this time we shall be looking once again at those two great names of modern and abstract art, Helen Frankenthaler and Sam Gilliam, who are very talented and create great lyrical abstract styles in their artworks. Also, there is still […]

23 Feb 19
Whittier Daily News
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Press Telegram
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
SCNG
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Orange County Register
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Daily News
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Daily Breeze
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Pasadena Star News
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Redlands Daily Facts
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Press Enterprise
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Daily Bulletin
TEMPE, Ariz. — Two days into the next step of his rehab, Shohei Ohtani was already looking ahead. After he hit off a tee for the second consecutive day Saturday, Ohtani said he is looking forward to hitting balls flipped from a coach next week. “It’s very exciting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter of his continued progress. “Obviously it’s still the early stages of rehab. My next step will be hitting flips, and I’m excited to take that step. … If all goes well, no setbacks, I am thinking sometime next week.” Ohtani, who took 25 swings Saturday, added that he’s already swinging at 100 percent effort. Ohtani began hitting baseballs a day before the Angels’ first game of the Cactus League, seemingly leaving plenty of time for him to get ready, if not by opening day, perhaps sometime in April. Manager Brad Ausmus said just before the start of spring training that the Angels were expecting Ohtani in the lineup sometime in May. On Saturday morning, he reiterated that there’s no rush. “We are not going to risk his term success as a pitcher and a hitter just to speed him up off the tee or soft toss,” Ausmus said. “It’s just not in the plan. He’ll move to the next step when all parties think he’s ready for the next step.” Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, still has to progress to hitting soft toss, and then to take regular batting practice thrown by a coach. After that, he will face live pitching. Throughout the process, Ohtani has outwardly maintained the same demeanor he had while he was healthy last year. “My spirits have been high ever since I decided to have the surgery,” he said. “It’s never fallen down. I am just trying to strive to get back to playing.” Ohtani also spoke about the extra large bobbleheads of him the Angels have for sale. They are selling 24 of them for $1,000 apiece. “I wouldn’t buy that,” Ohtani said. “I’d be pretty sad if it’s not sold out.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] ALSO Justin Upton (knee tendinitis) was expected to stand in for some live batting practice Saturday, Ausmus said. “He’s getting closer to swinging against some pitchers,” Ausmus said… Albert Pujols could play in one of the Angels’ three games over the next two days, Ausmus said. The Angels had said they would take it slowly this spring with Pujols, who had two surgeries last year, but he appears to be not far behind the other players… Although Zack Cozart was hitting leadoff in the Angels’ first lineup of the spring, Ausmus said it’s just because the veteran players will hit at the top of the lineup to get their at-bats more quickly. He said Cozart is merely one of the candidates to hit leadoff during the season.
23 Feb 19
Book Basset

I have watched eleven of the seventeen episodes of my new favorite gardening show Big Dreams, Small Spaces, and I am freaking out. I would have thought by now I would have all of my questions answered and ideas ready to be made a reality. NOPE! I shouldn’t be too hard on myself, I do […]

23 Feb 19
pumpkincrash

I’m not rich, really I’m not. I’m not exactly poor either though. Well, going to the cinema where I’m from is kinda expensive. Let’s just say: Watching an IMAX 3D movie on a Saturday afternoon, even after getting the student discount, costs 15€ for the ticket!!! I still remember a time when we thought 9€ […]