Shohei Ohtani is throwing as soon as extra.
The Angels phenom carried out catch in spring teaching Friday, the first time he’s thrown the ball since current course of Tommy John surgery in October. According to MLB.com, these had been “very soft tosses,” 50 throws at distances of 20 to 40 toes and 10 shorter throws cooling down.
Shohei Ohtani with a number of delicate tosses for the first time since Tommy John surgery. #LAASpring pic.twitter.com/QcnjwNqlR3
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“We’re taking it day to day,” supervisor Brad Ausmus instructed reporters sooner than the session (by the use of MLB.com). “Make sure he feels all right. Very light throwing today — short, in terms of distance. In terms of quantity, 60-70 tosses. I’d probably call it tosses, more than throws.”
Ohtani won’t pitch until 2020, and clearly has a strategies to go sooner than he even takes the mound in a simulated recreation. But Friday was a optimistic step for the 24-year-old hurler, who posted a 4-2 mark with a 3.31 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in his first MLB season ultimate yr.
The Angels are hoping Ohtani can return to the lineup as a delegated hitter some time in May. At the plate, Ohtani hit 22 residence runs and slashed .285/.361/.564 en path to worthwhile the AL Rookie of the Year Award.