Ohtani set for ‘full gorilla’ bullpen Sunday

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to throw a “full gorilla” bullpen session on Sunday that will give the Los Angeles Angels a better idea if the blister that forced the Japanese two-way sensation out of his last pitching start has healed.

“He’s feeling much better so we’re encouraged,” manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday before Angels played the San Francisco Giants.

Scioscia said he’ll wait until after Sunday afternoon’s game to confirm when Ohtani’s next pitching start will be. It could be Monday at Houston.

A blister on his right middle finger forced him out of Tuesday night’s start against Boston after just two innings. He allowed four hits and three runs on 66 pitches, and couldn’t throw his breaking pitches for strikes.

Ohtani threw a light bullpen session on Friday before going 2 for 4 in an 8-1 loss to the Giants.


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