MLB Rumors: Shohei Ohtani May Decide to Undergo Tommy John Surgery to Repair Injury


OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on prior to the game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on Saturday, September 2, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Loren Elliott/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani hasn’t eliminated Tommy John surgical treatment to resolve his split UCL, according to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale

Nightengale reported Sunday that “those knowledgeable about Ohtani’s thinking think that he might shut it down in the next 10 days.”

The Angels revealed in August the right-hander tore his UCL and would not pitch once again this season. It’s an injury that might have considerable consequences for a two-way gamer headed for totally free firm.

The truth that Ohtani is an elite player and a top-of-the-rotation starter is one reason numerous predicted him to sign a record-setting agreement this offseason.

Now, his future on the mound is rather dirty considering he has currently gone through Tommy John surgical treatment prior to.

Opting for that path once again would erase all of 2024 in regards to his capability to pitch. Nightengale composed that “groups now are seeing Ohtani as an elite power player and if he can go back to pitching in 2025, it’ll be a bonus offer.”

Even if Ohtani were to be a position gamer solely moving on, he might validate an asking cost of around $500 million. He has actually punched.557 over his 6 MLB seasons, and he struck 40- plus crowning achievement for the 2nd time in 2 years in2023

The 29- year-old has actually revealed his offending production can be fairly untouched by Tommy John surgical treatment. He published a.286/.343/.505 slash line in addition to 18 homers in 2019 while all at once continuing his healing.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal assumed why Ohtani has actually up until now postponed Tommy John when it appears like the inescapable result, and his upcoming complimentary firm was one possible reason.

You would not anticipate it to substantially lessen his market, however, offered his constant efficiency throughout several seasons. Interested suitors may likewise choose his surgical treatment come quicker instead of later on because it provides a more concrete service instead of a more small treatment that accelerates his return however might not effectively resolve his elbow issues.

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