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Ohtani’s recovery from elbow injury faster than expected

The Associated Press

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani practices his form with a towel prior to Monday’s game.

The Associated PressANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is making progress more quickly than expected in his quest to return to the mound for the Los Angeles Angels.

The two-way rookie sensation has incurred no setbacks while throwing regularly in the outfield in recent days, manager Mike Scioscia said Monday. He is currently throwing from about 37 meters.

Scioscia says Ohtani is “probably closer to getting on the mound than we thought last week.”

The Angels have put no timeline on the recovery of Ohtani, who hasn’t pitched since June after spraining an elbow ligament.

Ohtani was in the Angels’ lineup batting fifth as their DH when they opened a six-game homestand against Detroit. He produced his first multi-homer game in the majors last week in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Mike Trout received a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist Monday, and the Angels are hopeful the superstar center fielder can return to the lineup this weekend.

The two-time AL MVP wasn’t in the Angels’ starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game when they opened a six-game homestand against Detroit.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Trout won’t play in at least their next two games, including the Angels’ game on his birthday Tuesday. After a day off Thursday, the Angels are hopeful Trout will feel good enough to return Friday when they open a series against Oakland.

Trout hasn’t played since Aug. 1, when he hurt his wrist during a feet-first slide into third base in Tampa Bay.

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