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Ohtani, Angels enjoy light workout day Sunday

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- On the eve of the team's first full-squad workout and with phenom Shohei Ohtani going through a light workload, Sunday was relatively quiet around Angels camp at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

And it was all by design.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- On the eve of the team's first full-squad workout and with phenom Shohei Ohtani going through a light workload, Sunday was relatively quiet around Angels camp at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

And it was all by design.

"Most of our guys are having a lighter day," manager Mike Scioscia said, before watching his pitchers and catchers go through a roughly 65-minute workout on the back fields.

"Since Shohei threw basically two innings [Saturday], he has a lighter day," Scioscia added.

Video: Scioscia on how Ohtani will be used during spring

The spring schedule for the two-way star Ohtani was put together by the Angels after consultation with the right-hander and his former manager with the Nippon Ham Fighters, Hideki Kuriyama.

"There was a lot of information that went into creating his schedule," Scioscia said. "Some things are different than he'd done back in Japan. Like the up-down bullpens, things like that. A lot of it is based on his history and what he's done [in Japan]. That's really the right way to go about it."

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Ohtani's upcoming schedule
Scioscia was not present when Ohtani threw live batting practice Saturday but watched video of it afterward.

"For a first workout, it was everything you'd expect," he said. "It was a first step toward him pitching in games.

"He'll pitch a bullpen mid-week and we'll see where he folds in games."

Scioscia said Ohtani's Cactus League debut will come as a pitcher rather than a hitter. No date has been determined.

"We have a schedule mapped out for all of our starting pitchers and all of our relievers," Scioscia said. "But it's contingent on how they come out of their workouts."

Video: Rose and Millar talk about Ohtani's role with Angels

The Angels are slated to face the A's in Mesa on Friday to open their Cactus League schedule, and will host the Brewers on Saturday.

Bench roles TBD
Saturday's trade of C.J. Cron to Tampa Bay not only alleviated the logjam around first base, it opened some options in how to construct the bench.

"A three-man bench is what we're projecting right now if the six-man rotation holds," Scioscia said. "With that three-man bench, we want to obviously look for some versatility."

The Angels will get some of that from Zack Cozart, who in addition to being the everyday third baseman is currently slated to be the backup at shortstop and second base. The team also signed veteran outfielder Chris Young to a Major League deal and first baseman Chris Carter to a Minor League deal on Sunday to increase its options for the bench.

Young hit .235 with 12 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 90 games for the Red Sox last season. Carter slashed .201/.284/.370 line with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 62 games for the Yankees before they released him in July.

Video: Outlook: Cozart should remain valuable contributor

"There is versatility built in because [Cozart] can play all three [positions]." Scioscia said. "That will help us to go either one of two ways: versatility, or to keep the best bat."

Chris Thomas is a correspondent for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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