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Angels clear pitcher Griffin Canning to throw

April 2 2020 8:35 PM

The Los Angeles Angels have cleared starting pitcher Griffin Canning to resume throwing as he continues his rehabilitation after an elbow injury.

The right-hander was diagnosed with "chronic changes" to the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm in late February and has not pitched since.

He will begin by throwing from flat ground but Angels general manager Billy Eppler said on Wednesday he expects Canning to work from a mound by the end of April.

The hope is that the 23-year-old can avoid having surgery after an injury-marred debut campaign in 2019. Canning had two separate stints on the 10-day injured list last season with right elbow inflammation, with the latter period extending to a season-ending trip on the 60-day injured list.

One factor in Canning's course of rehabilitation may be that renowned surgeon James Andrews has indefinitely suspended all Tommy John surgeries while the United States' attention and medical supplies are being directed toward fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canning, a California native and UCLA product, made his major league debut on April 30 last season and was 5-6 in 17 starts, registering a 4.58 ERA over 90 1/3 innings of work.

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