Angels announced today that Ohtani has a grade 1-2 sprain on the flexor pronator mass in his arm and can’t pitch for 4-6 weeks. Ohtani avoids the IL, thankfully. He is still available to DH, but it is likely that his pitching season is over.
It is yet another setback for Shohei Ohtani who is coming off of TJ surgery and has made 2 starts in 2020. He is likely to DH for the rest of 2020 and perhaps be reevaluated in the offseason on what to do about his pitching career.
This is a common complication following Tommy John Surgery — it happened to Zack Wheeler, for example.
With Jo Adell now up and a farm filled with outfield prospects, it is very unlikely Ohtani fields there. His future pitching role may be in relieving, if he has one at all. We will see.