Shohei Ohtani could be shelved effectively past this season.
The Angels right-hander is predicted to endure Tommy John surgical procedure and miss the rest of the 2018 season in addition to your entire 2019 season, ESPN reported Monday.
Ohtani was positioned on the disabled record Friday with a grade 2 sprain of his proper (pitching) ulnar collateral ligament. He underwent a platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injection as a type of therapy Thursday and was scheduled to be re-evaluated in three weeks.
Angels normal supervisor Billy Eppler was optimistic that Ohtani could keep away from going below the knife, although the damage seems to be extra extreme than initially believed.
“We’re hopeful that he can, that it is completely treatable with the biologic prescription the doctors recommended.” Eppler mentioned, via ESPN. “I’m just going to take every day as it comes and put him on this course of recovery and strengthening for the next three weeks and then deal with what we’ve got to deal with in three weeks’ time.”
The Japanese phenom has handled UCL points for the final two years and beforehand had a platelet-rich plasma injection on his proper elbow in October.
Ohtani, 23, is Four-1 with a three.10 ERA in his first season with Los Angeles. He can also be hitting .289/.372/.535 with six residence runs and 20 RBIs.