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‘Trust on both sides.’ Why Shohei Ohtani is getting schedule leeway with Dodgers this spring


The Dodgers’ daily schedule might say one thing. But as he prepares for his first season with the club, Shohei Ohtani essentially has the option to say another.

For a player of unmatched two-way talents, Ohtani has also been afforded an uncommon amount of leeway in determining his daily schedule at camp this spring.

On two recent occasions, for example, Ohtani was listed to take live batting practice on the field — in which he would have gotten his first at-bats against real pitching since having elbow surgery near the end of the last season.