The Los Angeles Angels activated designated hitter and right-handed pitcher Shohei Ohtani from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.
Ohtani was placed on the disabled list June 8 after he was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
It’s unclear if the 23-year-old will pitch again this season, but a return appeared imminent over the weekend when Ohtani faced live pitching in a simulated game.
“He looked good,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said, per the Orange County Register’s Jeff Fletcher. “He was making good decisions in the batter’s box, impacting the baseball. You could tell that he had really kept himself in elite physical condition during the time on the disabled list. All in all, we were pleased with how he looks physically and how he was running and the shape he kept himself in.”
He has not been cleared to start throwing yet as he underwent a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his elbow as well as stem-cell therapy when he sustained his injury.
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The 23-year-old rookie is batting .289 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 114 at-bats this season. His .372 on-base percentage is third on the team (among qualifiers) only behind Andrelton Simmons (.380) and Mike Trout (.456).
Since Ohtani went out June 8, the team is scoring a half run less with him out of the lineup (4.57 to 4.09). His presence will help.
Los Angeles is 8-14 since Ohtani left the lineup.
Ohtani will slot into the sixth spot in the lineup tonight against the Mariners at Safeco Field, serving as the club’s designated hitter.
Eppler said an MRI showed improvement in the UCL and said he expected to continue to see progress.
The Angels also recalled RHP Miguel Almonte from Triple-A Salt Lake.
RHP Deck McGuire and RHP Eduardo Paredes were optioned to Salt Lake.