Great Moments in Being Scott Boras

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There’s a reason the guy is so powerful.  Pete Abe:

Scott Boras has a suite right behind the plate at Angel Stadium and
almost always arrives early to watch batting practice and consult with
his clients. At one point yesterday, Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira and
Alex Rodriguez were literally lined up to speak to Boras.

Boras may or may not be worthy of such fealty, but ask yourself: if you’re a young up-and-coming player and you see a half a billion dollars worth of contracts lining up to talk to the guy, aren’t you going to at least consider throwing your agent over the side to get with him?

Shohei Ohtani medically cleared to begin a throwing progression

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The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.

Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.

In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.