Shohei Ohtani Told He Needs Tommy John Surgery

Ruben Hill
September 6, 2018

An MRI on the right elbow of Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani revealed new damage to his UCL, and Tommy John surgery has been recommended, the team announced Wednesday.

That dichotomy today between Ohtani the hitter and Ohtani the pitcher demonstrates both the kind of unprecedented talent we're dealing with here and the unusual situation the Angels will face as Ohtani rehabs from Tommy John surgery. It was reported that the damage was not related to a previous grade 1 tear he sustained ahead of signing with the Angels in December.

According to The Athletic's Fabian Ardaya, the reason the Angels allowed Ohtani to pitch again this season was so that the club could get a read on whether the Japanese star's arm would be ready in advance of next season.

A day later, Scioscia reiterated that Ohtani's elbow "feels great".

Ohtani was activated from the DL in July and was permitted to hit.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Ohtani hasn't formally chose to have Tommy John and declined to say whether it was realistic for him to return as a hitter in 2019 prior to being ready to pitch, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

He made his first start since June on September 2 against the Houston Astros and lasted just 2 1/3 innings with decreased velocity, triggering Wednesday's MRI.

Ohtani gave everyone a reminder of what he can do with a bat in his first game since receiving his diagnosis, going 4-for-4 with two homers, three RBIs, a stolen base and a walk against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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