By: Dawson Wright
Probably some of the most depressing news of the season, Ohtani is no longer on the DL just because of a blister.
On Friday it was announced that dual threat Shohei Ohtani has a Grade 2 ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain in his right (throwing) elbow; which if you couldn’t tell, is bad.
And how Mike Trout put it:
“We’re all bummed.”
Bummed especially are the Angels. With Ohtani being arguably their best pitcher and one of their best hitters to replace him, trying to find players to fill in those spots will be a seemingly impossible challenge. And losing their slight boost in attendance (boost was likely due to Ohtani) will make this injury sting even more.
The severity of Ohtani’s injury is not yet known, as he will be re-evaluated in three weeks. However, we do know that Ohtani did receive a PRP & stem cell injection, and 16 of the 33 pitchers that received a PRP stem cell injection eventually got Tommy John. There was a concern with Ohtani’s arm at the beginning of the season, but now it seems that concern has become reality.
Besides the Angels, another loser here is Major League Baseball. Before and during the season, Shohei Ohtani has become one of the biggest stories of the season here in the states and overseas in Japan.
The amount of press that Shohei has received on well...everywhere, will be missed. Practically the only time ESPN would mention baseball on Sports Center would be if Shohei Ohtani was there.
This is an extremely sad day for baseball fans around the world, but hopefully Shohei will get healthy soon, and be able to return to the field for some more Shotime.