Two-way star Shohei Ohtani had a much better big league debut as a hitter than he did as a pitcher.

After patiently drawing walks in his first two plate appearances, Ohtani hit a sharp RBI single up the middle in his first spring training start as a designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels.

“I was happy to get that first hit out of the way,” Ohtani, 23, said through a translator after getting on base three times against three different San Diego Padres pitchers.

That’s why the lefty-hitting phenom was able to be aggressive in his third at-bat, when he hit the first pitch he saw from righty Michael Mariot for a single that brought in Eric Young Jr., who had doubled with one out.

After his single, Ohtani was lifted for a pinch-runner and received a nice round of applause from the fans at Peoria Stadium, which was less than half full. Ohtani saw 11 pitches his first two times up and swung at only two.

Batting second, he fell behind 0-2 against right-hander Jordan Lyles before drawing four straight balls in the first inning. He advanced on David Fletcher’s single and was erased on Martin Maldonado’s inning-ending double play.

Ohtani walked again in the third against lefty Buddy Bauman and took second on a wild pitch, beating the throw with an awkward slide.

His first Cactus League at-bats came two days after his first start on the mound.

The Japanese newcomer allowed a home run and didn’t make it through his scheduled two innings against Milwaukee.

Hernandez hit in debut

Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was hit in his pitching arm by a line drive Monday and forced to leave his spring training debut.

The Mariners said a precautionary X-ray of his right forearm was negative.

Hernandez was listed as day-to-day. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

The 31-year-old star, slowed by injuries last year, was struck by a liner from Victor Caratini of the Chicago Cubs.

After being hit, Hernandez immediately grabbed his arm and didn’t pursue the ball on the infield grass.

Hernandez went down to a knee, hopped up and walked around in obvious pain. He headed to the dugout with a trainer holding his arm, and Caratini gave him a tap of encouragement.

Hernandez spent considerable time on the disabled list last season because of shoulder trouble.

The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner was 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 16 starts.

Jays finalize contract

Free agent reliever Seung-Hwan Oh and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a one-year contract with a 2018 salary of $1.75 million.

The deal announced Monday includes a $2.5 million team option for 2019 that could become guaranteed based on appearances.

A 35-year-old right-hander, Oh was 1-6 with a 4.10 ERA and 20 saves in 24 chances last year for the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was 6-3 with a 1.92 ERA and 19 in 23 chances for the Cardinals in 2016.

He figures to be a setup man for Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna. Toronto cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

Reds contract Revere

Ben Revere and the Cincinnati Reds finalized a minor league contract Monday after the outfielder passed a physical.

Revere hit .275 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 109 games last year for the Los Angeles Angels, appearing in left field for 78 games.

The 29-year-old left-handed hitter has played with Minnesota, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington and the Angels.