Los Angeles Angels Superstar Shohei Ohtani Injury Update
The Los Angeles Angels won this year's off-season with the signing of Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani. The 6 ft 4 inch 23-year-old Ohtani was one of the most coveted signings in MLB history. Not only can Ohtani pitch with the best of them - he can hit as well. Known as a rare two-way player, the Angels were lucky he chose to be a part of their organization.
He throws right, bats left and is a designated hitter when he is not pitching. He currently has a 4-1 record on the mound with 61 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.10 in 9 started games. He is batting .289 with 6 homeruns and 20 RBI's. Clearly, these are very solid numbers for a rookie.
Unfortunately, Ohtani was injured June 8th against Minnesota. The injury seemed to be minor, but doctor's discovered shortly after that he might have to get season ending Tommy John Surgery on his throwing elbow. The most recent update indicates that Ohtani has had PRP and Stem Cell injections in his elbow and is holding off on the surgery to see if his elbow improves. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks. For now, the Japanese superstar has been placed on the Disabled List with a grade 2 UCL sprain.
Hopefully good news is on the horizon for the Angels. Teammate Mike Trout has been nothing shy of sensational this season, and even if the 23 year old Ohtani won't be able to return, the Angels will be a threat for the World Series crown.
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