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MLB: Ohtani has 'smooth' session in 29-pitch simulated game

In this Aug. 13, 2018 photo, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels throws in the bullpen before a game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, California. (Kyodo)

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) -- Shohei Ohtani, who is recovering from a right elbow injury, threw a simulated game at the Los Angeles Angels' training facility in Tempe, Arizona on Monday.

The Angels said everything went smoothly as the 24-year-old Japanese faced hitters in the batter's box for the first time since he last pitched in a game on June 6, before he was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain in the ulnar collateral ligament of his pitching elbow.

On Monday, Ohtani threw 29 pitches against two minor league hitters, one right-handed and one left-handed, who each had three at-bats.

Ohtani landed on the disabled list on June 8 and returned to action on July 3. He has been used exclusively as a hitter since he came off the DL.

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