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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Angels to formulate plan for Ohtani’s throwing program soon

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Once Shohei Ohtani completes the final phase of his recovery from Tommy John surgery later this month, the Los Angeles Angels will confer with surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache and the team’s medical staff to determine how to proceed with the Japanese two-way star’s throwing program.

Ohtani threw another bullpen session Wednesday and has worked up to about 50 pitches, general manager Billy Eppler said. The team may decide to keep pushing him from the mound or flat ground, but he may also take time off before ramping up again for spring training.

“The first step is going to be get through what he needs to get through and then talk to Dr. ElAttrache and talk to our medical personnel and come up with a plan,” Eppler said. “He’s throwing now at this time of year at more intensity than other pitchers are and other starters.

“So my question that I’m going to ask is going to be: ’What’s best for Shohei? Is it to just continue throwing, is it to continue throwing on a mound, continue throwing flat ground? Stop, rest, start back up? So I’m going to explore that, but I’m going to wait until we get through this and then I’ll know a little bit more about how to utilize him.”

Best wishes- it would be something for him to stick as a two-way player.

 

QLE Posted: December 12, 2019 at 01:06 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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