Angels’ Shohei Ohtani still has not been invited to HR Derby

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani is still waiting for Major League Baseball to invite him to the Home Run Derby.At this point, it’s possible that MLB officials have so many other players who want to do it, thanks to the newly added $1 million for the winner, that that they are going to pick from that list rather than put Ohtani or the Angels in the position of turning them down.Ohtani, of course, is coming back from Tommy John surgery. While he’s been cleared for normal hitting, the Derby is a higher intensity exercise than playing in a game or taking normal batting practice.So far the Angels have said little on how the front office or medical staff would feel about his participation, because the question still hasn’t officially been put before them. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “It’s the same swing,” he said. “It’s more on the BP thrower throwing it to you home run spot. For some people (it might be a problem). Some people might alter their swings. I didn’t have that feeling really.”ALSOJC Ramírez, who gave up two runs in five innings at Triple-A on Saturday, will have at least one more rehab outing after that, Manager Brad Ausmus said. Ramírez’s 30-day rehab assignment was set to expire on Saturday, but he agreed to extend it up to another 30 days…Keynan Middleton did face hitters on Friday, the first time he’d done so during his rehab from Tommy John surgery. There was some confusion about his workout schedule, but Ausmus confirmed on Saturday that Middleton did face hitters, and he felt good. Middleton is expected to be ready to rejoin the Angels in about three weeks…The Angels don’t have a scheduled starter for Monday’s game in Texas, but José Suarez is expected to get the call. If Suarez starts, he would likely get another start later in the week because the Angels don’t have an off day until the All-Star break…Jared Walsh was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday, with Luke Bard being optioned after pitching two days in a row. The Angels view Walsh primarily as a hitter, but he can pitch up to two innings if necessary. The Angels have less need for bullpen coverage now because Trevor Cahill, who was stretched out as a starter, is in the bullpen.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 1-1, 4.99) vs. A’s (RHP Chris Bassitt, 4-3, 3.86), 1:07 p.m., Fox Sports Westcenter_img Mike Trout, who said he turns down invitations to the Home Run Derby every year, said a couple days ago would “probably win” because of his epic power displays in batting practice.Justin Bour, who participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby in Miami, said he loved the experience.“I think it’s awesome,” said Bour. ”If you have an opportunity to do it, I think you should do it. It’s one the most fun times I’ve had playing baseball.”Bour hit 22 homers in the first round, but lost out to Aaron Judge, who hit 23.Related Articles Bour also said he didn’t feel the Derby presented any issues of disrupting a swing. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

There’s a ’40 percent’ chance Rob Gronkowski comes out of retirement, returns to Patriots, report says

first_imgIt all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.A post shared by Rob Gronkowski (@gronk) on Mar 24, 2019 at 2:53pm PDTGronkowski said last month he had no plans to return to the field. But, he reportedly participated in a private workout with New England quarterback Tom Brady in early July.”There’s definitely going to be times when you miss it and everything,” Gronkowski said during an appearance on the “Rich Eisen Show” in late June. “I would always say that it’s still the offseason right now. I mean I can’t really say how I’m going to feel about it when the games start rolling around and everything. You know, I just felt like it was time.”I feel really good right now and it was just definitely something I felt like it was the right time and the right thing to do. To have that load off your back, I mean I’ve been playing football for 15 years straight in a row of that grind. Just relaxing right now feels good.” Tom Brady throws to Rob Gronkowski in private LA workout, report says Gronkowski retired with 521 regular season catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He’s the Patriots’ career leader in touchdowns and is tied for the second-most receiving scores in playoff history.New England is scheduled to open training camp next week. The 30-year-old announced he was stepping away from football on Instagram in late March. He spent all nine of his NFL seasons in New England, winning three Super Bowls during his time with the team.  “It’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile on my face knowing that the New England Patriots organization, Pats nation and all my fans will truly be a big part of my heart for the rest of my life,” Gronkowski wrote at the time. “It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great, established organization.” Related News View this post on Instagram Patriots’ Sony Michel running at ‘full tilt’ after knee surgery, report says Could Rob Gronkowski’s retirement last less than one season?There’s a “40 percent” chance Gronkowski returns to the Patriots in 2019, according to a report from ProFootballTalk, which cites an unidentified source close to the tight end.last_img read more