Devastating news for the LA Angels and baseball fans everywhere as star rookie Shohei Ohtani is set to have season-ending Tommy John surgery for his UCL sprain.
Shohei Ohtani reportedly needs Tommy John surgery, which could keep him out until 2020. He has a .907 OPS and a 3.10 ERA this season in 41 total appearances. This is so unfortunate for the game.
— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) June 11, 2018
According to ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez, the Japanese pitcher and hitter may not return to MLB action until 2020 at the earliest.
“Everything I’m hearing is that the reality is, he probably will need Tommy John surgery,” @pedrogomezESPN reports grim news for Shohei Ohtani and @Angels just now on @sportscenter. “The earliest we might see him, should he have TJ surgery, would be the 2020 season.”
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 11, 2018
Currently, Ohtani was a serious contender for MLB’s rookie of the year, and was one of the most unique players the game has ever seen. He was batting .289 with six homers and 20 RBI’s. On the mound, he was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA. The Angles sit 4.5 out of first in their tough division, and this injury is likely to push them even further out of a playoff spot.
Aside from the 23-year-old Ohtani, the person to feel for the most is Mike Trout. Trout is having another unbelievable year at the plate, and again his playoff hopes are in severe jeopardy. He’s on pace to be MVP of the AL once again, but has only seen a total of three postseason games back in 2014.
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