The worst news now seems likely for Shohei Ohtani
Just like that, Shohei Ohtani’s season is likely over.
ESPN reported the Angels star likely will need Tommy John surgery that would sideline him this year and possibly all of next season, too.
“Everything I’m hearing is that the reality is, he probably will need Tommy John surgery,” Pedro Gomez said on “SportsCenter” on Monday morning.
The Angels announced Friday they had placed the dual-threat rookie on the disabled list with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right arm. The team said he had received platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections and said they’d reevaluate the situation in three weeks.
General manager Billy Eppler said on Friday the Angels were hoping Ohtani would be able to avoid the procedure.
“We’re hopeful that he can, that it is completely treatable with the biologic prescription the doctors recommended,” Eppler told reporters.
Ohtani has lived up to expectations as one of the most touted prospects to hit the MLB in years — both on the mound and at the plate.
The righty from Japan is 4-1 on the mound with a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 61 ⅓ innings. He’s hitting .289 with six home runs and eight doubles in 34 games.
The Angels are 37-29 and sit 4 ½ games behind the Mariners and Astros in the AL West.
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