Tipp football is on a high at present with the Minor’s and Under 21’s performing well in recent years adding to the strong showings from the Senior panel.Deise stalwart Shane Briggs says Waterford are only too well aware of the improvements by Tipperary of late as they head into Sundays Munster Championship quarter-final encounter.Throw-in is at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon in Semple Stadium and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with O’Donovan Marquees, Birdhill.
Ohtani said he threw at 100 percent of a normal bullpen session, including throwing split-finger fastballs for the first time in his rehab. He called it “another step in the right direction.”It’s unclear exactly what’s next for Ohtani, who is rehabbing a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, but he’ll soon need to face hitters in some kind of simulated game.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels have said Ohtani will not pitch in the minors on his way back, because then they’d lose his bat for the major league games. He can build up his pitch count in simulated games.Also, if Ohtani returns in September, he could pitch in games even with a limited pitch count because they’d have the depth of expanded rosters to back him up in the bullpen.RIVERA IN, BRICEÑO OUTCatcher José Briceño was optioned on Wednesday to make room for René Rivera, who was activated after missing nearly three months rehabbing from knee surgery. SAN DIEGO — Shohei Ohtani commuted from San Diego to Anaheim and back on Wednesday, allowing him to throw his bullpen session at Angel Stadium instead of Petco Park before returning to be available to hit in the game.Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels had access to more precise data on his throwing session at home than from the bullpen in San Diego. Scioscia said Ohtani threw at near maximum effort.“He aired it out,” Scioscia said. “Everything looks good.”Ohtani threw 35 pitches in the bullpen to warm up and then he threw 15 pitches and 18 pitches on the game mound, taking a break in between to simulate multiple innings. He had hitters stand in, but not swing, just for the perspective. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels rookie catching duo of Briceño and Francisco Arcia had performed well in the three weeks since Martín Maldonado was traded, but Scioscia said Briceño still had some things to work on in the minors.“José definitely needs to work on a couple things on the offensive and defensive end,” Scioscia said. “This gives him a chance to do that. It’s tough to continue to work on things at the major league level. Frankie (Arcia) is playing at a real high level.”Scioscia said the Angels were eager to get Rivera back because of his work with the pitchers.“His experience will help, not only with the game plan but adjustments between innings,” Scioscia said. “He does a really good job with the pitchers. Not that the other guys weren’t. The other guys were doing a terrific job. I think René will be a settling effect for these guys, for sure.”ALSOOdrisamer Despaigne is expected to join the team in Texas, and Scioscia said “there’s a probability he’s going to start sometime in Texas.” It will not be Thursday, a game the Angels plan to use a corps of relievers. Despaigne, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, can throw 75 to 80 pitches, Scioscia said. …Matt Shoemaker (forearm nerve surgery) has thrown an “up-down” bullpen session, Scioscia said Wednesday. Shoemaker is working toward a return to the Angels, sometime in the next few weeks. …The Angels designated reliever Akeel Morris for assignment, which opened a 40-man roster spot for Rivera to be activated from the 60-day disabled list.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Taylor Cole, 0-2, 2.95) at Rangers (RHP Ariel Jurado, 2-2, 5.66), Thursday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros