Ohtani could pitch in game next month, hints Mike Scioscia
He swatted two home runs as part of a four-hit day on Friday as the Angels won at Cleveland, 7-4.
As the Los Angeles Angels play the waiting game to see if right-hander Shohei Ohtani can get back on the mound, manager Mike Scioscia gave an optimistic update on Monday, saying Ohtani could pitch in a game next month.
Ohtani, a two-way star in Japan who has served as the Angels' designated hitter in 51 games, hasn't pitched since June 6, when he was diagnosed with an elbow ligament sprain.
On June 7, Ohtani received stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections in his elbow, treatments the team hopes will eliminate any need for surgery.
Scioscia told reporters on Monday that Ohtani is "probably closer to getting on the mound than we thought last week."
Ohtani, 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts this season, is making throws from 120 feet, Scioscia said.
"There's still some long toss that he has to get after," Scioscia said. "He's made a lot of progress, no setbacks. He'll continue to be evaluated, but this is absolutely moving in the right direction. We're very confident in that."
Ohtani was also in the bullpen on Monday going through throwing motions with a towel rather than a baseball.
Scioscia said a timeline hasn't been set for Ohtani to resume throwing from a mound but that it could be soon, with him pitching in games in September.
Ohtani came off the disabled list and returned to action as the DH on July. For the season, he is hitting .271 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs in 214 plate appearances. He swatted two home runs as part of a four-hit day on Friday as the Angels won at Cleveland, 7-4.
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