Shohei Ohtani out till 2020

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Shohei Ohtani out till 2020

Post by lanza218 » June 11th, 2018, 2:58 pm

And this is the exact reason why I did not want the Yanks to sign him

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. And Eppler, in the wake of the ESPN report, denied that anything had changed with that plan.

“There have been no changes in Ohtani’s diagnosis and neither our physicians nor medical staff have recommended (Tommy John surgery) or said it’s likely,” Eppler told The Athletic.

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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Post by AJLe » June 11th, 2018, 3:10 pm

Japanese pitchers have sooooo much more mileage on their arms from the way the pitch in those leagues, to the point where few/none have long term effective careers in MLB. Best case you hope to have short-term success before they hit the wall physically and you have to eat the back end of their contract.

The good thing about Ohtani is that he came over here young enough that he could still have a long post-Tommy John career after he recovers from the surgery.

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Re: Shohei Ohtani out till 2020

Post by WOODMO » June 11th, 2018, 8:26 pm

I think he will be fine, and I'd like to say "good thing my team didn't get him", but this would STILL be the least of the Mets' problems.

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