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Latest tests show continued healing for Angels’ JC Ramirez

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By Jeff Fletcher

JC Ramirez, who underwent stem-cell therapy in September to heal a sore elbow, has shown continued healing, encouraging the Angels that he can return without surgery, General Manager Billy Eppler said Monday.

Ramirez on Monday underwent a second ultrasound exam, which showed progress, Eppler said. Ramirez will be examined again in four weeks, after which the Angels are hoping to be able to come up with a throwing program for him.

Ramirez, 29, posted an 11-10 record and 4.15 ERA this season, before hurting his elbow in late August. He was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, but not enough that doctors suggested Tommy John surgery, Eppler said at the time.

In other Angels injury news, Matt Shoemaker threw three simulated innings in Arizona, passing his final test before being cleared for a normal winter, Eppler said. Shoemaker was recovering from radial nerve surgery.

Eppler said that Nick Tropeano, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, also completed his throwing program in Arizona without incident.

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