Shohei Ohtani's Highly Anticipated Dodgers Spring Debut Set For Tuesday

Photo: Instagram/Shohei Ohtani 

The long-awaited moment has arrived as Shohei Ohtani gears up for his spring debut with the Dodgers this Tuesday.

Fresh off a groundbreaking 10-year, $700 million deal inked this winter, Ohtani's Cactus League appearance has generated substantial anticipation among baseball enthusiasts.

Set to face the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, the game's first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET/1:05 MT/12:05 PT. Left-hander Garrett Crochet is expected to start for the White Sox against Ohtani and the Dodgers, bringing his 3.55 ERA and 12 strikeouts from last season.

Photo: Instagram/Shohei Ohtani

The live broadcast of the game can be caught on SportsNet LA, MLB.TV, and MLB Network. As for Ohtani's batting lineup position, the Dodgers, with stars like Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts, are yet to announce the specifics for the 2024 season.

Despite Ohtani undergoing a significant right elbow surgery in September, preventing him from pitching this season, he remains optimistic about his recovery as a hitter. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts reveals Ohtani's plan for two or three plate appearances, allowing fans a glimpse into his progress during the game against the White Sox.

With no pitching responsibilities, Ohtani is expected to be fully engaged, potentially showcasing his prowess on the basepaths. As for Opening Day in Seoul, Ohtani's readiness will be closely scrutinized, serving as a crucial benchmark for his return.

Highlights from his early weeks in the Dodgers' camp include an impressive display of power during batting practice – hitting 10 homers in 21 swings and replicating the feat with 10 more bombs in subsequent sessions. Although not cleared to pitch until the next offseason, Ohtani is already eyeing a return to the mound in the '25 season.

In the words of Manager Roberts, the excitement is palpable among coaches, players, and fans alike, eagerly anticipating Ohtani's debut in the iconic Dodger uniform. (SOURCE: MLB)

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