Angels hope to activate Shohei Ohtani during road trip

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Following Sunday’s series finale against the Astros, the Angels will head out on the road for a nine-game road trip against the Tigers, Orioles, and Twins. The club his hoping to activate Shohei Ohtani from the injured list during that road trip, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports.

Ohtani has been recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent after the 2018 season. He had an incredible first season in Major League Baseball, batting .285/.361/.564 with 22 home runs, 61 RBI, 59 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 367 plate appearances. As a pitcher, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and a 63/22 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings.

Ohtani won’t be able to pitch until 2020, so he will strictly be a hitter for the duration of this season. His return will increase the playing time at first base for Albert Pujols and reduce the playing time for the underperforming Justin Bour.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.