Still, the Angels won’t let him forget – and he doesn’t want to forget – that he is a guy on a minor league contract, trying to crack a big league roster and learn his way around the majors.“He’s down to earth,” Andrelton Simmons said. “He’s not a one-man show. He doesn’t walk around like he’s all that. He’s humble and willing to learn, willing to say hello.”The 23-year-old Ohtani was asked earlier this spring about facing Ichiro Suzuki, and his answer began with “Hopefully I’ll be on the roster …”Despite some unsightly numbers in the spring, there has been little doubt from the day Ohtani arrived in camp that he was a big leaguer. A series of roster moves Thursday virtually guaranteed it.Part of his transition to the majors, though, has happened off the field. Ohtani has joked in the clubhouse, and been the butt of jokes. He’s become video game buddies with Blake Parker, bonding over Clash Royale. Ohtani has gone golfing with his teammates, and played shooting games on the basketball court. He and Andrew Heaney attended a hockey game together when the Ducks were in town playing the Arizona Coyotes. All of this despite still speaking little English.“I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I feel I am fitting in well,” Ohtani said through his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara.Ohtani also said he feels his larger assimilation, to the United States, has gone smoothly: “I have no problems off the field. Everything is fine.”Inside the clubhouse, his teammates seem to have accepted him quickly.“I think he’s getting along great,” Parker said. “I think he’s learning English every day. He just wants to be one of the guys. That’s how I feel. He wants to fit in. He wants to have fun. He wants to stay loose. He’s obviously a competitor on the field, but he likes to joke around and have fun.”Parker said their video game rivalry has allowed each to learn some of each other’s language.“There is always competitive trash talk going on,” Parker said. “You always learn the bad stuff first.”Members of the Japanese media have said Ohtani seems to be happier in general than in Japan.“He’s always smiling,” Garrett Richards said. “He always looks like he’s in a happy mood.”Added Kole Calhoun: “If I was him, I’d be happy too. He can throw 100 and hit a ball 500 feet. That’s impressive.”Despite all of the hype and media attention surrounding Ohtani and his exploits, it doesn’t appear to have affected Ohtani’s place in the clubhouse.His media conferences have mostly taken place in an auxiliary media facility constructed in a tent in the parking lot. On most of the days before and after he’s pitched, the Angels have prevented any media from talking to Ohtani. Other days, he has conducted interviews with a small group of reporters, acting as representatives for the rest.Partly, it’s an issue of time management, because Ohtani already has the demands of pitching and hitting. Also, the Angels wanted to create space for Ohtani to be at ease, growing comfortable in his new environment, despite the millions of eyes on both sides of the globe watching his every move.“He’s a humble guy,” Parker said. “He just wants to come out here and do his job, just like the rest of us.”ALSORichards gave up two runs in three innings in a minor league game Friday, instead of facing the A’s, the Angels’ opponent in the first series of the season. Manager Mike Scioscia still hasn’t named Richards the opening day starter, but he did refer to him as the “lead dog” of their rotation. …Heaney (elbow inflammation) said he’s improving every day. He has been cleared to throw up to 90 feet. Heaney is expected to start the season on the disabled list. The Angels have five healthy starters, and they don’t need a sixth until April 12. Heaney said he couldn’t project if he’ll be ready by then. If he’s not, the Angels could bring up Nick Tropeano or Parker Bridwell. …Ohtani and Tropeano are scheduled to pitch against each other in an intrasquad game at the Angels minor league complex on Saturday at 11 a.m., before the regular game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Tempe Diablo Stadium. …Scioscia said Matt Shoemaker and JC Ramírez will pitch two of the three Freeway Series games, but he wouldn’t say which ones. Ramírez, who pitched Thursday, would be in line to start Tuesday. Shoemaker, whose last outing was Tuesday, could go either Sunday or Monday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TEMPE, Ariz. — As Shohei Ohtani stepped to the plate, the Tempe Diablo Stadium public address system blared the bouncy little J-pop tune, “Fashion Monster.”The Angels’ dugout roared in laughter at the sound of the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song, which is popular among young girls in Japan. The joke, which was spawned by players commenting on Ohtani’s skinny jeans, brought a smile to Ohtani’s face.It was perhaps this spring’s definitive “one of the guys” moment for Ohtani as he tries to blend in with his teammates in circumstances that are anything but typical.Ohtani is the Angels’ only rookie who is attempting to pull off the historic feat of succeeding as a pitcher and a hitter. He’s the only one who brings with him a corps of 50 or 60 media members. He’s the only one who can’t speak the same language as any of his teammates.