Angels' Shohei Ohtani Has Elbow Injury That Might Require Tommy John Surgery

Paola Ditto
Giugno 9, 2018

Whatever your stake in the Angels - you probably have none - Japanese youngster Shohei Ohtani has been an incredible story.

Ohtani left his start on Wednesday with a finger blister on his pitching hand, but this is clearly way beyond that.

The Angels announced the potentially serious injury for their two-way rookie sensation Friday before opening a road trip in Minnesota.

He underwent a platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injection as a form of treatment Thursday and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, according to the team.

Back in December, after Ohtani had signed with the Angels, Yahoo Sports' own Jeff Passan reported that Ohtani had a grade 1 UCL sprain, which the Angels were aware of. That's why he was able to resume a normal throwing program with rest and the PRP injection.

A sprain is a stretching or tearing of a ligament, and the UCL is the ligament in a pitcher's elbow that sometimes goes pop and requires Tommy John surgery.

On the mound, Ohtani has a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts in nine starts this season. He is hitting.289/.372/.535 with six homers and 20 RBIs.

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