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Sport Ohtani’s elbow injury not only blow to Angels, but all of baseball

03:00  09 june  2018
03:00  09 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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The news that Ohtani has an elbow sprain was gut-wrenching, not just to the Los Angeles Angels , but for all of Major League Baseball . If Ohtani wanted to only be the Angels ’ full-time designated hitter, and forego pitching, it’ s possible he could return, even if Tommy John surgery is recommended.

If Ohtani wanted to only be the Angels ’ full-time designated hitter, and forego pitching, it’ s possible he could return, even if Tommy John surgery is recommended. For now, it’ s not an option that the Angels are even considering. “I’m not a big fan playing out the hypotheticals and all of the permutations

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The news was gut-wrenching, not just to the Los Angeles Angels, but for all of  Major League Baseball.

Angels rookie star Shohei Ohtani, who had captivated the sport with his arm and his bat as the game’s finest two-way player since Babe Ruth, was placed on the disabled list Friday with a sprained elbow, with Tommy John surgery now a distinct possibility.

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Ohtani, who would have been the showcase of the All-Star Game, likely becoming the first player to ever hit and pitch at the midsummer event, will be out until at least late July, and that’s only if everything goes well.

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If Ohtani’s Grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament does not improve in three weeks after undergoing therapy -- that included a platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injection Thursday -- he could be out until the 2020 season.

If Ohtani wanted to only be the Angels’ full-time designated hitter, and forego pitching, it’s possible he could return, even if Tommy John surgery is recommended.

For now, it’s not an option that the Angels are even considering.

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When asked whether Ohtani can avoid Tommy John surgery, Eppler responded: “We’re hopeful that The move comes as a brutal blow to an Angels staff that is without Matt Shoemaker indefinitely and The preexisting elbow damage was either minimal enough or had healed to the point that Ohtani was

“I’m not a big fan playing out the hypotheticals and all of the permutations,’’ Angels GM Billy Eppler said. “The multi-dimensional way he contributes, I’m going to take every day as it comes and put him on this course of recovery. Then, in three weeks when we evaluate him, we’ll deal with what we have to deal with.’’

Ohtani, who was living up to every bit of the hype this season, going 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts, and hitting .289 with six homers in 114 at-bats, first informed the Angels of his elbow after leaving Wednesday’s start against the Kansas City Royals. He left after four innings, and was having the blister drained, Eppler said, when he informed the trainers that his elbow was getting stiff.

He underwent an MRI that revealed the Grade 2 sprain and didn’t accompany the Angels on their flight to Minnesota.

Now, the Angels can only hold their breath and wait.

Ohtani was originally diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain last year in Japan. He underwent the platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injections in October, and had no setbacks. He was throwing 101 mph in his last start and until Wednesday, never mentioned any comfort.

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"The Angels are holding out hope that ( Ohtani won't need surgery), but everything I'm hearing is that the reality is he probably will need Tommy John surgery. Here's what GM Billy Eppler told reporters, including the Associated Press, about Ohtani ' s injury when he was placed on the disabled list

Ohtani ' s injury has caused enough concern within the Angels ' organization that the move was made to shut him down immediately. Yes, it is the athlete who ultimately makes the decision as to the path he will take after digesting all of the medical information and recommendations.

“You’ve seen what he was doing on the mound this year,’’ Eppler said, “so it stands to reason that the injection was helpful.’’

Yet, going from a Grade 1 sprain to a Grade 2 sprain in eight months, with a Grade 3 signifying Tommy John surgery, it’s hard to feel any real sense of optimism.

There’s no one to blame for the injury. The Angels, who have had eight pitchers sustain elbow ligament damage since 2014, treated him with absolute caution all season. He was pitching just once a week. He never was used as a hitter before or after any start.

But now this.

The Angels, publicly and privately, have no idea whether he’ll need Tommy John, or whether he’ll be able to pitch with the injury later this summer.

The baseball landscape is littered with pitchers that have been able to pitch with UCL tears without requiring surgery, including Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees.

So there is hope.

But also fear.

Ohtani will be back, of course, and perhaps sooner than anyone anticipates if everything goes well.

Yet, there’s also the possibility that Ohtani undergoes Tommy John surgery, and when he returns, it’s only as a pitcher, needing all of the rehab to focus on his arm, not his hitting mechanics.

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ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani ' s next opportunity to test the progress of his sprained right elbow will come Monday, when the two-way phenom is scheduled to "I was supposed to be pitching throughout the whole year. I wasn't able to do that, but I'm almost back on track to do that." Prior to the elbow injury

Shohei Ohtani experienced yet another health scare in his long-awaited pitching comeback on Sunday night, but the Angels believe the issue is unrelated to the sprained elbow ligament Ohtani ' s velocity dip in return not elbow -related. Angels phenom hampered by tight back, sore finger after comebacker.

You feel awful for the Angels, a franchise that’s been cursed for decades, with Mike Trout 2 ½ years away from free agency, and still never having won a playoff game.

You feel terrible for Ohtani, 23, who forfeited at least $200 million in free agency by pursuing his major-league dreams two years early instead of waiting until he turned 25 when there would be no international spending limits.

Ohtani is earning just the minimum $545,000 salary, and may never see that kind of money again.

And, of course, you feel horrible for every baseball fan in the world.

You don’t have to be an Angels’ fan to appreciate him, respect him, or revere him.

We can only hope he comes back, as quickly as possible, for our own selfish reasons, because, man, it’s sure fun watching him.

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There is good news on the Shohei Ohtani front. Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said on Monday that the team’s medical staff is “very optimistic” about Ohtani’s recovery from a UCL injury. According to the LA Times’ Bill Shaikin, Scioscia did say that they are still a few weeks away from knowing whether a plasma injection helped.Scioscia said the Angels’ medical staff is “very optimistic” about Shohei Ohtani’s prognosis. Still two to three weeks from seeing whether PRP injection took hold. Ohtani is taking one-armed swings in batting cage.

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