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Multitalented Japanese pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani will make his spring training debut for the Los Angeles Angels on the mound against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

“I feel that this is a big step forward,” Ohtani told reporters Thursday, via an interpreter. “I’m really happy at this point.

“This will be my first start in the States; I’m pretty sure a lot of things aren’t going to go my way. That’s OK. I just need to find what I need to adjust and feel where I’m at, and it’s going to be enough.”

He threw a bullpen session Thursday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said then that it would be unlikely Ohtani would make any pinch-hitting appearances early in spring training.

In addition, Ohtani also took batting practice Thursday — wowing teammates with home runs over the scoreboard and the batter’s eye at Tempe Diablo Stadium, according to multiple media reports.

“I’m enjoying fooling around with my teammates and having a lot of fun,” Ohtani said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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