Yankees might be happy they missed out on Shohei Ohtani


Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani was introduced as a member of the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, and he donned his No. 17 jersey for the first time. Troubles in the UCL lead to Tommy John surgery. The shot of PRP, a biologic of centrifuge-spun blood that is used to promote healing, was administered October 20, according to the report, which was distributed to teams after Ohtani entered Major League Baseball's posting system. And while pitchers can and often do come back fine from that procedure there days, that's definitely not what the Angels, and Major League Baseball in general, had in mind for an opening chapter to the Ohtani story in the U.S.

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Still, a young, power-hitting shortstop would be a significant draw on the free-agent market, and Machado is just 25 years old. In essence, the Phillies do not feel the need to rush to a decision on a player with vast talent whose future is unwritten.

However, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has unearthed information that casts a shadow over the previous optimism, as the report indicates that Ohtani has what is described as a "damaged ulnar collateral ligament" in his throwing arm. After returning to Japan from Anaheim, Ohtani was seen playing catch Tuesday, according to reports in Japan.

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Shohei Ohtani, who recently committed to the Los Angeles Angeles following a lengthy recruitment process, is reportedly nursing an elbow injury that could wind up having serious long-term ramifications if it's aggravated further. Those are scans we conduct whenever we sign a pitcher.

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I covered Shohei Ohtani's potential as a pitcher and a position player in a post last weekend, which you can read in full if you want more details, but the executive summary is that he's a potential top-of-the-rotation starter but not likely to be an average regular as a position player. It looks consistent with players his age. Ohtani, whose fastball has reached 102 miles per hour, threw only 25 1/3 innings for the Fighters this season after missing most of the year with a strained hamstring.