Angels' Shohei Ohtani (elbow) to be back on mound 'soon'

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter/starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is nearing a return to the mound, per manager Mickey Callaway.

What It Means:

Ohtani has been long tossing up to 180 feet and then shortening it to 60 feet "and really letting it go," Callaway said, adding that the two-way player should be back on the mound "soon." However, he likely won't be able to face live hitters until the COVID-19 situation progresses. The Angels originally expected Ohtani, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, to make his 2020 pitching debut in mid-May.

Ohtani recorded a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 22 walks over 51 2/3 innings in 2018 in his first and only season pitching in the majors. The right-hander went 4-2 in 10 starts.