Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin hitting

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that angels P/DH Shohei Ohtani has been cleared to begin hitting immediately and will be reevaluated in three weeks. GM Billy Eppler said that, since Ohtani is a DH, he will not need to rehab in minor league games. Instead, Ohtani will play in “private” settings including simulated games.

Ohtani, 23, has been on the disabled list since June 8 with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He was certainly living up to the hype, batting .289/.372/.535 with six home runs and 20 RBI while compiling a 3.10 ERA and a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings on the mound.

Ohtani won’t be allowed to resume throwing. It remains to be seen if he will pitch again this season.