Angels' Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin throwing progression

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 20, 2018 11:04 AM
Angels' Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin throwing progression
FILE - Angels' Shohei Ohtani celebrates after scoring on a single by Andrelton Simmons during the ninth inning of the teamís baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels say two-way star Shohei Ohtani's elbow ligament is continuing to heal and he has been medically cleared to begin a throwing progression.

The team said Ohtani was given a six-week evaluation Thursday by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The Angels said they would release specifics about his progress and rehabilitation schedule at another time.

Ohtani was placed on the disabled list with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain on June 8 after complaining about tightness in his right elbow following a June 6 start against Kansas City. The Japanese sensation has since returned to the roster as a designated hitter, but his prospects to pitch remain unclear.

He is hitting .283 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs. On the mound, Ohtani won four of his first five decisions before getting injured.

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