It was a special day at Dodgers spring training camp on Monday as prized offseason signing Shohei Ohtani took to the backfields at Camelback Ranch for batting practice. It was his first time hitting on a field since undergoing season-ending elbow surgery last September.

Unsurprisingly, the event drew quite a crowd of fans, reporters, and members of the Dodger organization.

All the angles:

Altogether he connected on 10 home runs in 21 swings, according to’s Juan Toribio he added one ground rule double.

Ohtani Speaks About First BP On Field

Shohei addressed reporters after his hitting session on the field, saying that he uses on-field batting practice as a way to gauge his power while his cage work is “more technical,” according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register.

All in all, the star felt great after BP number one this spring.

“I felt like the swings were feeling really good, which is a really good sign. I think it’s trending towards me being ready for Opening Day.” – via Fabian Ardaya.

Shohei Ohtani is a Los Angeles Dodger

Shohei Ohtani inked a record shattering 10-year, $700 million deal to join the Dodgers this offseason after spending his first 6 years in Major League Baseball with the LA Angels. After undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right elbow last September, he’ll miss the 2024 season as a pitcher but is expected to be fully ready to DH by opening day.

Monday’s round of batting practice on the field helps confirm that he’s one step closer to making that expectation a reality.

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