Two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani, who has been sidelined as a pitcher for over two months with an elbow injury, said Tuesday he is confident that he will return to the mound again this season.

"At this point I feel confident that I'll be pitching at a time not so far off," Ohtani said a day after facing batters for the first time since June 6.

The 24-year-old, who is recovering from a Grade 2 sprain in the ulnar collateral ligament of his pitching elbow, threw 29 pitches on Monday in a simulated game against two minor league hitters.