Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani wants more playing time

Ohtani is back hitting and he led the Angels to a late win over the Dodgers.

Dual-threat Shohei Ohtani has already made his presence felt in the Angels' lineup as a pitcher and designated hitter, but he revealed Wednesday that he would like to play more.

The Japanese sensation has started seven of the Angels' 13 games where he's 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and batting .364 with three home runs. However, he wants to do more.

"Once the season gets tougher and the schedule gets tougher throughout the summer, hopefully I can make them want to play me more," Ohtani told reporters via his translator after a 7-2 win against the Rangers. "I would like to play more. If not, that's what it is. I have to follow what they have to say."

Ohtani is left out of the lineup on the days before and after he pitches, but the 23-year-old thinks "they are being pretty careful with me right now."

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"I talk to the medical staff every day, and they see how I'm doing, my strength level, to see if I can play that day," Ohtani said.

In Ohtani's seven starts, two have been as a pitcher and five as a designated hitter. The rookie is available to DH on Thursday and Friday against the Royals.