Ohtani may be ready for a return to the mound once baseball returns. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery even during the coronavirus pandemic.

Players who were in the process of rehabbing or receiving medical treatment prior to MLB encouraging players to return home from spring training have been allowed to continue rehabbing. As part of that, Ohtani and Griffin Canning have been rehabbing at Angel Stadium, Angels GM Billy Eppler told reporters on Tuesday.

Ohtani has been throwing off flat ground as he recovers from surgery. He is targeting a mid-May return as a pitcher, which means he could be ready for the start of the suspended season, whenever that occurs.

Canning, who had an injection in his pitching elbow this month, is set to resume throwing next week, per Angels reporter Rhett Bollinger.

Ohtani went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 51.2 innings as a pitcher in 2018. As a hitter last season, Ohtani batted .285 with a .925 OPS in 114 games. Ohtani thought he could be ready by Opening Day before that was postponed, so he probably will feel like he’ll be ready when the season begins.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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ARZ / 2001*
Bob Brenly
ATL / 1999
Bobby Cox
BAL / 1983*
Joe Altobelli
BOS / 2018*
Alex Cora
CHC / 2016*
Joe Maddon
CHW / 2005*
Ozzie Guillen
CIN / 1990*
Lou Piniella
CLE / 2016
Terry Francona
COL / 2007
Clint Hurdle
DET / 2012
Jim Leyland
HOU / 2019
A.J. Hinch
KC / 2015*
Ned Yost
LAA / 2002*
Mike Scioscia
LAD / 2018
Dave Roberts
MIA / 2003*
Jack McKeon
MIL / 1982
Harvey Kuenn
MIN / 1991*
Tom Kelly
NYM / 2015
Terry Collins
NYY / 2009*
Joe Girardi
OAK / 1990
Tony La Russa
PHI / 2009
Charlie Manuel
PIT / 1979*
Chuck Tanner
SD / 1998
Bruce Bochy
SF / 2014*
Bruce Bochy
STL / 2013
Mike Matheny
TB / 2008
Joe Maddon
TEX / 2011
Ron Washington
TOR / 1993*
Cito Gaston
WAS / 2019*
Dave Martinez

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