Shohei Ohtani likely to be activated Tuesday

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Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler said today that DH Shohei Ohtani will meet up with the Angels in Detroit on Tuesday and could be activated off the injured list for that night’s game. The Angels want to assess him first but one assumes that they wouldn’t fly him to Detroit if they weren’t pretty certain he was ready to play.

Ohtani has over 50 plate appearances in simulated games down in Arizona and by all accounts he’s been sound. He’s thus likely to step in as the Angels’ everyday designated hitter as he continues to rehab on the pitching side from Tommy John surgery.

Ohtani hit .285/.361/.564 with 22 home runs, 61 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 59 runs scored over 367 plate appearances as a rookie in 2018, so even as a mere hitter instead of the two-way threat he is when fully healthy, he should be a valuable player for the Angels this season.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.