When Shohei Ohtani returns to the rotation in mid-May, Wednesday could be his day.
“That’s a nice day … I think if you look at it, there’s a lot of common sense,” Madden said.
The Angels plan on giving Ohtani a day off before and after each of his starts this season, so Wednesday becomes a logical day of the week for him to pitch considering the team frequently has an off day on Thursday due to travel.
If we mark May 13 as a hypothetical return date, the Angels have six off-days on Thursday over the final 19 weeks of the season, excluding the All-Star break. In comparison, if Ohtani were to pitch on Sundays, as he did during his rookie season, the team only has four off-days on Mondays from mid-May until the end of September.
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The two-way phenom started 10 games in his rookie season, all on at least six days of rest. He finished 4-2 with 3.31 ERA. The Angels hope he is fully recovered when he returns to a rotation in desperate need of an Ace.
One random thing to consider: pitching on Wednesdays will expose Ohtani to more night games than if he pitched on Sundays. It’s hard to say if these numbers matter anymore, but I will mention that he was 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in five night starts versus 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in five day starts in 2018.
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The Angels Cactus League match-up against Oakland on Wednesday was rained out. But that didn’t stop Ohtani from getting in a bullpen session. In front of a large gathering, the right-hander threw from a full wind-up. He clearly didn’t want to let the poor weather get in the way of his throwing day.