The reinforcements are coming. On Tuesday, the Angels announced the activation of P/DH Shohei Ohtani, infielder Zack Cozart, and reliever Cody Allen from the injured list. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club designated outfielder Peter Bourjos and pitcher Chris Stratton for assignment and optioned infielder Luis Rengifo to Triple-A Salt Lake.
The big news here, of course, is the return of Ohtani. He underwent Tommy John surgery at the conclusion of the 2018 season and will not be able to pitch until 2020, so he will return strictly as a designated hitter. Ohtani won the AL Rookie of the Year Award last year, 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 posted a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 22 walks in 51 2/3 innings. Truly one of the most dynamic seasons of all time. Ohtani is in Tuesday’s starting lineup against the Tigers batting third behind Mike Trout.
Allen, 30, struggled in 11 appearances before being sidelined with a lumbar spine strain. He yielded six runs on seven hits and 10 walks with 11 strikeouts in nine innings of work. The Angels will likely ease him back into action by using him in lower-leverage situations first.