Ohtani plays catch before media for 1st time since elbow surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Ohtani Shohei has played catch in front of media crews for the first time since he underwent surgery on his right elbow in September.

Ohtani appeared on the field at Dodger Stadium on Monday, wearing a pitching glove. He played catch with a member of the Dodgers' staff, who stood 20 meters away from him.

The Japanese baseball sensation started off by throwing slowly and then gradually speeded up his pace. As he paid attention to his form, he threw the ball about 50 times in roughly 15 minutes.

With the help of his interim interpreter, Will Ireton, the ace exchanged words about his pitching with a trainer.

Last week, before the season-opening games in South Korea, Ohtani said he had already completed the rehabilitation process that he needed to undergo to return to hitting.

He said he intended to start training to pitch again upon his return to California.

He apparently plans to practice throwing the ball from longer distances, while he serves as a hitter.

Ohtani intends to return as both a hitter and a pitcher by the start of the 2025 Major League season.