Rymer Liriano

Angels are making plans for when Shohei Ohtani joins the club

Angels are making plans for when Shohei Ohtani joins the club

Shohei Ohtani, the surprise Angel, returned with much fanfare Monday to his native Japan. Once a work visa is in his possession, the Angels expect their new two-way player to return to Southern California sometime in January and arrive at spring training in Tempe, Ariz., ahead of the Feb. 13 report date for pitchers and catchers.

Before then, the Angels should have worked out a host of necessary details surrounding his landing. They have already begun gathering resumes for the job of Ohtani’s interpreter, a job general manager Billy Eppler characterized as particularly crucial.

Eppler spoke Monday afternoon on the first day of Major League Baseball’s annual winter meetings,...

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