Shohei Ohtani is cleared to fully reboot his MLB career.
The Angels’ stars completed his throwing program, according to ESPN. It’s last step of rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He will now be able to return to his native Japan to rest and plans on returning to a two-way from this season.
Ohtani had the surgery in Oct. 2018, limiting him to just 104 games in 2019 and zero appearances as a pitcher. He hit .286 with 18 homers and a .848 OPS. Ohtani won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2018 while posting a 4-2 record with a 3.31 ERA in 51 2/3 innings.
He will try to bolster an Angels team that signed All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon this offseason, but still has plenty of questions marks in its rotation.