The Los Angeles Angels enter Spring Training with the goal of building towards a playoff berth at the end of the 2020 regular season. That success starts with the return of a healthy Shohei Ohtani, both on the mound and in the batter's box.
LA's two-way player is near the end of his rehab process from his Tommy John surgery. When speaking with the media on Wednesday, Ohtani revealed that rehab training included playing basketball and swimming. We're not convinced that's all that went into his regimen, because the 25-year-old is looking supremely jacked.
We sure there was nothing in that pool water? This is not the same kid who came from Japan just a few seasons ago.
Ohtani underwent surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament back in October 2018, which effectively removed him from the starting rotation for the entirety of the 2019 season. Even so, Ohtani's on pace to return to the pitchers mound in mid-May.
That won't prevent Ohtani from playing at the start of the 2020 season, as he'll assume his designated hitter duties. Just last year, Ohtani slashed .286/.343/.505 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI.
So in conclusion, recovering from Tommy John surgery includes, hoops, swimming and what we can only imagine was a literal ton of bicep curls.