“I feel that this is a big step forward,” Ohtani, via an interpreter, told reporters Thursday. “I’m really happy at this point.
“This will be my first start in the States; I’m pretty sure a lot of things aren’t going to go my way. That’s OK. I just need to find what I need to adjust and feel where I’m at, and it’s going to be enough.”
He threw a bullpen session Thursday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said then that it would be unlikely Ohtani would make any pinch-hitting appearances early in spring training.
In addition, Ohtani also took batting practice Thursday — wowing teammates with home runs over the scoreboard and the batter’s eye at Tempe Diablo Stadium, according to multiple media reports.
“I’m enjoying fooling around with my teammates and having a lot of fun,” Ohtani said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.