Shohei Ohtani has been making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he will not be ready by Opening Day.

Ohtani, who will only be available as a designated hitter in 2019, has been cleared to begin full strength training.

"To pinpoint a timetable is unrealistic," Billy Eppler said, "but what is clear is that his progression will not allow him to be active for Opening Day."