Dustin Moseley’s season may be over

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Bad news in San Diego: Padres starter Dustin Moseley, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, has more than a right shoulder strain, and it looks like his season is over as a result.

Bud Black said an MRI on Dustin Moseley’s right shoulder revealed “extensive damage,” and that “he’s going to be shut down for a period of time that will take him past 15 days.”  Personally, I can’t remember the last time a dude had “extensive damage” to his shoulder and didn’t miss a year, can you?

It looks like the Padres will call up Joe Wieland — who came to the organization in the Mike Adams deal last year — to make his major league debut Saturday. He was pulled in the second inning of his start at Triple-A last night for what were then unknown reasons. Wieland threw a no-hitter in Double-A last year — before the trade, against the Padres affiliate in San Antonio by the way — so he may be fun.

Starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani will pinch-hit and pinch-run for the Angels in 2018

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The Angels’ bench is looking woefully thin this winter — so thin, in fact, that manager Mike Scioscia says he’s considering utilizing starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner on the days he’s not scheduled to pitch.

I’ve never had a pitcher pinch-run,” Scioscia told reporters Saturday. “There’s more bad than good that can come out of it. But Shohei is not just a pitcher. He’s a guy that has the ability to do some of the things coming off the bench, whether it’s pinch-hit or pinch-run, and we’re definitely going to tap into that if it’s necessary, because we feel we’re not putting him at risk. It’s something he’s able to do.

Granted, spring training allows for a certain amount of experimentation before managers and players decide what works best for them, so this may not be the strategy the Angels employ for the entire season. In addition to coming off the bench between starts, Ohtani is also expected to see 2-3 days at DH every week, forcing Albert Pujols to shift over to first base to accommodate the new two-way star.

Ohtani’s hitting prowess has already been well-documented — he has a lifetime .286/.358/.500 batting line from NPB and crushed a batting practice home run during his initial workouts with the team this week — but his skills on the basepaths have received less attention so far. MLB Pipeline describes the 23-year-old phenom as a “well-above average runner” whose speed has yet to manifest stolen bases: he’s nabbed just 13 bases in 17 chances over the last five years. That’s a number Scioscia hopes to see increased this season, though he doesn’t want his ace pitcher making any head-first slides on the basepaths to do so.

To be sure, it’s an unorthodox role for any young player to step into, but if anyone can pull it off, Ohtani can.