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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Cleared To Hit

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Los Angeles Angels rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani has been cleared to hit and has will resume batting practice immediately, according to Angels general manager Billy Eppler.

Eppler said Ohtani had an MRI Thursday that noted improvement in his ulnar collateral ligament and the team expects to continue to see progress.

Ohtani will see doctors again in 3 weeks and, at that time, another update will be given.

“No doctor has told me that Shohei needs surgical intervention at this time.” Eppler said.

Ohtani has a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, which is a partial tear, and is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery by leaning on injections of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells.

The Angels made no comments regarding Ohtani’s pitching status for 2018.

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Rays Place Austin Meadows On IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right thunb.

Rays general manager Erik Neander said that the team may be without Meadows for “a few weeks”, according to the Tamp Bay Times’ Marc Topkin.

Meadows has started the 2019 season hot, posting a stellar .351/.422/.676 slash line to go along with six homers for Tampa Bay.

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Blue Jays’ Matt Shoemaker Out for Season with Torn ACL

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Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Matt Shoemaker will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Shoemaker, who was initially placed on the 10-day injured list, suffered the injury during a game on Saturday.

Shoemaker, 32, was off to an impressive start for Toronto, pitching the the tune of 1.57 ERA.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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