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Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin throwing program

Angels pinch hitter Shohei Ohtani sprints for third base during a game at Dodger Stadium on July 13.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Shohei Ohtani’s return from a grade 2 sprain of his right ulnar collateral ligament continued Thursday when he was medically cleared to begin a throwing program.

The rookie pitched most recently on June 6 and was diagnosed with the injury the next day.

Though there is a chance he could pitch again for the Angels this season, Ohtani, in the best-case scenario, remains several weeks away.

Until he can start really testing the condition of his arm, it will be unclear when he might resume pitching.

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With only 10 weeks left in the regular season, the Angels have plenty of time to answer questions regarding Ohtani’s availability before the start of next spring training.

His long-term health and development is more of the team’s concern today than getting him back in the rotation as soon as possible.

Ohtani received injections of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells June 7 and was cleared by Dr. Steve Yoon to resume swinging a bat three weeks later. He rejoined the Angels as a designated hitter July 3.

Yoon’s latest re-evaluation showed additional healing of the ligament as the Angels hope Ohtani can avoid surgery.

jeff.miller@latimes.com


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