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OC Register: Shohei Ohtani, Griffin Canning continuing to throw off mound

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Two of the Angels starters who would have been unavailable to pitch out of the rotation had the season started on time continue to make progress while the sport’s leaders plan for the start of the season.

Shohei Ohtani and Griffin Canning are both throwing off a mound, ramping up intensity and volume, general manager Billy Eppler said via text on Wednesday.

Ohtani, who had Tommy John surgery in October 2018, had been scheduled to make his 2020 pitching debut in mid-May. The Angels wanted to limit the two-way player’s innings because he hasn’t pitched a full season since 2016, and they decided it was better to have him miss time on the mound at the beginning of the season instead of the end.

Canning was shut down in spring training because of an elbow issue. Tests showed no structural damage that required surgery, so he had a platelet-rich plasma injection and rested before resuming a throwing program in April.

Major League Baseball owners have proposed starting an 82-game season around July 4, although the plan still requires approval of the players. Barring setbacks as they ramp up their workouts, Ohtani and Canning have plenty of time to be available if and when the season begins.

Reliever Justin Anderson, who was shut down at the start of spring training because of an oblique injury, has also resumed throwing off a mound, according to Eppler.



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