Despite the alarming news of Shohei Ohtani’s elbow condition, at least one expert said the research suggests the Angels are doing the right thing with their prized new pitcher. The Colorado Rockies recently published a study that detailed the treatment of 72 players with elbow ligament injuries. The 28 who had grade one or lesser grade two strains were treated without surgery, and 93 percent made it back to their previous level of competition for at least a year. Ohtani reportedly has a grade one strain of his ulnar collateral ligament, which means the tissue is stretched but still intact. “Based on that study, I would tell you Ohtani has a very good chance of coming back,” said Stan Conte, a longtime major league athletic trainer who now operates an injury analytics program. Conte, who worked for the Dodgers from 2006-15, spoke Wednesday after reading the published reports of Ohtani’s condition. He has no independent knowledge of his medical history. Conte said it’s important to note that this study is a small sample, and it only tracked the players for a year. The strained ligament could be a precursor to a more serious injury, perhaps one requiring Tommy John surgery, in the future. Of course, any pitcher is a candidate for future Tommy John surgery, particularly one who, like Ohtani, throws 102 mph. Conte explained that Ohtani has the least serious type of ligament injury. “Grade one is obviously the best not to have surgery,” he said. “Grade three is a no-brainer, you go (for surgery). There are all kinds of variations of grade two.” General manger Billy Eppler said that the condition of Ohtani’s elbow was disclosed on the medical report distributed to all teams at the start of the courting process. He said Ohtani underwent another exam on Dec. 7 at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic, the day before he agreed to sign with the Angels, and the club was satisfied with his condition. Eppler reiterated on Wednesday that the Angels “feel very comfortable” with Ohtani. Manager Mike Scioscia, whose annual winter meetings media session on Wednesday was attended by about triple the normal amount of reporters, said this is “something that’s behind (Ohtani). There’s no concern. No restrictions. He’ll be full-go in spring training.”