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The Angels Issued A Major Health Update For Shohei Ohtani

A Royals vs. Angels game in April.

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10: General view as fans stand for the national anthem with a giant American flag on the field and a US military flyover before the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in the Angels home opener on April 10, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels haven't had star rookie Shohei Ohtani at their disposal as a pitcher since June 7. The two-way star has been limited to strictly hitting duties due to a UCL injury.

Ohtani was diagnosed with a Grade 2 UCL sprain. He did not undergo Tommy John Surgery and instead tried to rest and rehabilitate the ligament.

It might have worked. Ohtani had his six-week check-up today and received good news from the doctor.

The Angels released a statement this evening updating Ohtani's progress. The ligament is showing signs of healing, and he has been cleared to begin a throwing program.

Just because Ohtani has been cleared to begin throwing doesn't mean he will pitch again in the majors this season. He could always suffer a setback, and the Angels are going to be very cautious with him.

If he is able to return, it is a good thing for the game of baseball. Ohtani's two-way ability was one of the most fun parts of the early 2018 season.

In nine starts this season, Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. His stuff is among the best in baseball.

As a hitter, Ohtani is slashing .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and two stolen bases in 45 games.