06/25 22:51 CDT LEADING OFF: Ohtani works off mound, Keuchel makes 2nd start
LEADING OFF: Ohtani works off mound, Keuchel makes 2nd start
By The Associated Press
A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday:
Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will throw off a mound for the first time
since Tommy John surgery.
Ohtani had surgery Oct. 1 at the conclusion of his AL Rookie of the Year
season. He returned to the Los Angeles lineup as a designated hitter May 7,
posting nine homers and 30 RBIs already this season with an .834 OPS.
The Angels repeatedly have said Ohtani won't pitch in games until 2020, but his
recovery appears to be progressing well.
Ohtani went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 10 starts as a rookie. He
also hit 22 homers and drove in 61 runs with a .925 OPS.
STEP IT UP
Dallas Keuchel makes his second start since signing a one-year, $13 million
contract with Atlanta earlier this month. The former AL Cy Young Award winner
lost in his Braves debut, laboring through five innings in a loss at Washington.
Keuchel will face Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.75) in Chicago. Darvish has no-decisions
in his last 10 starts and has yet to win at Wrigley Field as a Cub.
Kansas City left-hander Eric Skoglund's rejoins the roster after the end of his
80-game suspension for testing positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Skoglund was in the mix to make the Royals' rotation before the penalty. He's
made three minor league rehab starts, and reports to the club in Cleveland.
REPEAT AFTER ME
Miami rookie Zac Gallen faces Trea Turner, Juan Soto and the Nationals at
The 23-year-old righty made his major league debut last week and pitched five
impressive innings at St. Louis, allowing one earned run and five hits while
striking out six.
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