Ohtani’s side “may not require elbow surgery”Ohtani also sustained side damage.
Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) may not have to undergo surgery after his right elbow injury sidelined him for the 2023 season.
Ohtani’s agent, CCA Sports’ Nez Valero, gave a hopeful outlook to local reporters before the Angels’ Major League Baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Friday (June 5), saying, “The most likely scenario is that he will have elbow ligament splicing (Tommy John) surgery, but he may not.”
Ohtani was scheduled to start against the Cincinnati Reds on March 24, but left the game after two innings due to arm fatigue.
The team later confirmed that Ohtani had damaged ligaments in his elbow and would not pitch the rest of the season.
Ohtani underwent elbow surgery in 2018 and spent 2019 as a designated hitter before returning to the mound in 2020 after his rehabilitation.
“Fortunately, the ligaments that were repaired in 2018 were not re-injured, which is a positive,” Valero said. That’s a positive,” he said, adding that this time he had a tear in the other ligament in his elbow.
As for Ohtani, who is still meeting with various medical teams to determine whether he will need surgery, Valero said, “His health is very good right now. We are very grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”
Ohtani is eligible for free agency after this season.
Valero added that even if Ohtani undergoes elbow surgery, he can still play as a designated hitter in 2024.
He also said that he would not give up on “Idoryu” to any club.
He said, “Ohtani likes to be on the mound constantly. There is no doubt that he will come back from his injury. He will continue to do what he has been doing for the past few years, which is hitting and pitching.”
While his agent spoke of hope for his elbow, Ohtani injured it in a new place.
During batting practice leading up to the game, Ohtani complained of pain in his side (oblique) and was removed from the game.
Ohtani, who hit his 44th home run of the season in the first game of a doubleheader against Cincinnati on March 24, hadn’t cleared the fence in nine games.
In the meantime, Matt Olson (Atlanta Braves) is tied for the home run lead, 카지노사이트킴 with Pete Alonso (New York Mets-41) and Kyle Schwarber (Philadelphia Phillies-40) in hot pursuit.