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Angels' Ohtani throws off mound for 1st time since surgery

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani throws in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, June 26, 201...
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, talks with pitching coach Doug White after throwing in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincin...
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, throws as pitching coach Doug White on in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in ...
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, throws as pitching coach Doug White on in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in ...
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani wipes his face after throwing in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Anaheim, Calif., ...

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani throws in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, June 26, 201...

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, talks with pitching coach Doug White after throwing in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincin...

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, throws as pitching coach Doug White on in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in ...

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, throws as pitching coach Doug White on in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in ...

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani wipes his face after throwing in the bullpen before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Anaheim, Calif., ...

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani has thrown off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, taking another significant step in his return to pitching for the Los Angeles Angels next season.

About four hours after Ohtani threw 40 pitches off a mound and made 70 additional throws on flat ground Wednesday at Angel Stadium, he was in Los Angeles' lineup as the designated hitter against Cincinnati.

Ohtani had elbow ligament replacement surgery Oct. 1, and his rehabilitation has gone smoothly. The AL Rookie of the Year returned to the Angels' lineup May 7 as their designated hitter, and he has been an everyday player while building his arm strength.

Ohtani will not pitch for the Angels until 2020, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed.

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