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Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani reveals his plan for spring training

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There’s a reason the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Shohei Ohtani a 10-year, $700M contract his offseason. He may go down as one of the greatest to ever play in MLB, both as a hitter and a pitcher.

He’s a rare talent, but that contract didn’t come without risks. 

First, Ohtani is 29, so he’ll be old for an athlete by the time that contract is ready to run out. There’s also the elbow damage Ohtani suffered last season while he was still with the Los Angeles Angels.

The two-way star underwent a procedure on his right elbow in September. The plan at the time was for him to be ready to hit as a designated hitter by the start of the 2024 season and get back on the mound by 2025.

How’s that plan going now that it’s in action?

“I feel good at the plate, seeing the ball well,” Ohtani said through an interpreter, per ESPN. “Elbow-wise, there’s nothing new.”

Ohtani took live batting practice on Wednesday and, so far, through one week of training, he’s taken five at-bats. Don’t expect him to get much if any action in the Dodgers’ Cactus League games, but he is planning on at least getting some work in.

“I feel like I have more than enough time to get 50 at-bats,” he said.

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