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Shohei Ohtani Looks To Be Practicing His Pitching Motion For Dodgers

By now, we all know that Shohei Ohtani won’t be pitching this season as he recovers from surgery to repair his torn UCL. However, that hasn’t stopped the two-way superstar from working on everything while he rehabs.

A new video shows Ohtani performing what looks like a scaled-back version of his pitching motion. He is currently rehabbing his injury, so this is likely part of the plan to allow him to return to the mound next year.

If all goes to plan, Ohtani will take the mound for the 2025 season. The Dodgers believe that he can return to full health from the UCL tear, and reclaim his spot as one of the better pitchers in baseball.

Ohtani is wired differently than most other players, and he attacks his injuries head-on. He is an incredibly driven individual, who wants to see nothing but success on the baseball field.

With Spring Training having just started, Ohtani is likely taking baby steps to return to the mound. He is focused on helping the Dodgers win this season as just a hitter, but there is still work to be done for him to return to his two-way abilities.

This is a positive sign for the Dodgers, and we can’t wait to see what Ohtani has in store for next season. For now, Los Angeles will work with him the best they can, and get him into the best possible place to find success on the field.

Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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  1. This is the right move. You don’t want newly repaired tissue to get stiff and settle into a comfortable position – by stretching it and making conform to his typical motions while it heals, it will be easier and safer to strengthen it and move it forward later.

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