Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels). After suffering a major injury, Ohtani has decided to continue hitting for the rest of the season.
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on Friday that Ohtani will bat for the rest of the season despite his elbow injury.
This was the consensus of American sports channel ESPN and LA local media. There has been no official announcement from the Angels, but it seems certain that Ohtani will be batting.
Ohtani previously started the first game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on April 24, but was pulled from the game after 1 1/3 innings. His fastball touched 94.4 mph.
The Angels later reported that Ohtani suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow. As a result, Ohtani will no longer pitch for the rest of the season. 스포츠토토
This injury will most likely lead to elbow ligament splicing surgery (Tommy John surgery). This also raises the question of Ohtani’s hitting for the rest of the season.
It is likely that Ohtani will give it his all as a hitter for the rest of the season and then opt for post-season surgery or rehabilitation. The elbow ligament tear is not known to be related to hitting.
After the major injury, Ohtani pitched in 23 games this season, throwing 132 innings, with a 10-5 record and a 3.14 ERA. He struck out 167 batters. Those are the final numbers.
As a hitter, he batted .304 with 44 home runs, 91 doubles, 97 RBIs, 142 runs scored, and a .405 OPS of 1.069 in 126 games. Leads the majors in home runs.
The Angels open a three-game series against the New York Mets on April 26. It will be interesting to see if Ohtani will play in the series with minimal rest.