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Shohei Ohtani takes BP with Angels teammates, moves closer to return

ANAHEIM — With his teammates and coaches packed around the batting cage on Friday, Shohei Ohtani was slamming balls over the fence.
It’s almost time.
After Ohtani’s first batting practice session with his teammates, he expressed excitement about what he’s doing and what he might be doing soon.
“I am having fun right now, being able to swing as hard as I can,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I wasn’t able to before. I am excited to be back.”
Ohtani said the workout was “a lot more fun than hitting by myself,” and he joked that he had been “pretty lonely.”
The Angels still aren’t committing to a date for Ohtani’s return, beyond the general statement that it will be sometime in May. Ohtani, who is coming back from Oct. 1 Tommy John surgery, said he’s almost ready.
“I need to get a couple at-bats against live pitching first to see where I’m at,” he said. “But as of now, I feel pretty good to go.”
Ohtani took 33 swings over five rounds of batting practice. He hit several balls over the fence, most of them to left field. He said going the other way was “by design,” so he could “see where I’m at, where my swing is.”
Ohtani said he hoped that his workouts have proven to the front office and medical staff that he’s “healthy and strong. Maybe I can make my return early.”
Ohtani is scheduled for live batting practice early next week. How much of that he will do is to be determined. He will not play in the minor leagues, instead hitting in simulated games that will allow him to bat up to 10 times in a session, if necessary.
While Ohtani is getting closer, so is the Angels’ scheduled visit to Monterrey, Mexico, for two games against the Houston Astros, May 4-5.
“Obviously I am going to aim to be back there, but sooner would be nice,” Ohtani said.
CANNING UPDATE
Griffin Canning, the Angels’ top pitching prospect, has allowed one run in his first 16 innings at Triple-A this season, with 17 strikeouts and two walks. On Thursday night, he pitched six scoreless innings.
General Manager Billy Eppler said Canning has shown good “pitch development and integrity of the tools,” and now they are looking at how his stuff holds up as his pitch-count climbs.
A product of Santa Margarita High and UCLA, Canning is expected to be in the majors sometime this season.
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“The stuff is really really good,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “We just want to make sure he’s prepared to pitch before he comes here. You’ve got to remember this guy hasn’t pitched a lot of professional baseball.”
Canning did not pitch the summer after the Angels took him in the second round of the 2017 draft. Last year he rose from Class-A to Double-A to Triple-A, pitching a combined 113-1/3 innings with a 3.65 ERA.
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Tyler Skaggs said he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. Skaggs is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, and he and the Angels were hopeful that he’d be ready then. They will proceed cautiously, though, because last year he came back too quickly from a groin injury and it lingered, spoiling his second half and eventually sending him to the disabled list for a month.

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