Report: Angels plan to activate Shohei Ohtani in coming weeks

The Los Angeles Angels plan to activate Shohei Ohtani to hit before they return to Anaheim from a road trip on May 17, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ohtani has not played since undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged UCL in his right elbow during the offseason.

He continued to hit last season after deciding to have the procedure in September and was expected to return to the plate early this season, putting him on schedule.

Ohtani won’t pitch this season

The two-way player is not expected to pitch again until 2020.

Shohei Ohtani is reportedly expected to return to hitting by the middle of May. (AP)
Shohei Ohtani is reportedly expected to return to hitting by the middle of May. (AP)

Ohtani safe to hit during Tommy John recovery

Doctors told Yahoo Sports last season that despite the serious implications of Tommy John surgery for a pitcher, Ohtani could expect to return to form as a hitter this season.

The Angels are 14-17, good for fourth place in the AL West. Ohtani’s return will be a boost for a middling offense that fails to provide much protection for All-Star Mike Trout at the plate.

As a rookie last season, Ohtani produced a .285/.361/.564 slash line with 22 home runs, 61 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 367 plate appearances.

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