LA Angels Shohei Ohtani eventually underwent elbow surgery.
MLB.com announced on the 20th (Korean time) that “Ohtani underwent elbow surgery.” Ohtani said on his SNS, “I had elbow surgery this morning, and everything went well.”
Ohtani also left a message for his Angels colleagues, saying, “I am truly grateful for everyone’s prayers and kind words. I am very disappointed that I cannot finish the year on the field, but I will support you until the end.”
Ohtani ended this season. Although he still had remaining games left, he was no longer able to take the mound as a pitcher due to elbow pain, and due to an injury to his right side, he was unable to even stand at bat.
He pledged, “I will do my best to return to the diamond stronger than ever.” Dr. Neil Elatrace, who performed Ohtani’s surgery, said, “We expect a full recovery and are confident that he will be ready to hit on Opening Day in 2024 without any problems and that he will be able to both hit and pitch in 2025.”
Finally, on the 17th, the Angels team officially announced, “Shohei Ohtani has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to pain in his right side. He will miss the rest of the games this season.”
Ohtani, who was diagnosed with damage to the medial collateral ligament of his right elbow on the 24th of last month, gave up his dual role as a pitcher and appeared only as a hitter. Afterwards, he suffered an injury to his right side while practicing batting before the game against Baltimore on the 5th. Because of this, he missed 11 consecutive games until Detroit on the 16th.
Before suffering a right elbow ligament injury, Ohtani appeared in 23 games as a pitcher this year, recording 10 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 3.14. He appeared in 135 games as a hitter and had a batting average of .304 (151 hits in 497 at-bats), 44 home runs, 95 RBIs, and 102 runs scored. He set a record of being the first player in Major League history to win 10 times and have 40 home runs.
Although he did not complete the season, he still has a chance to become the American League home run king. Currently in second place is Louis Robert of the Chicago White Sox, with 37 home runs. He also appears to be the American League MVP.먹튀검증
Above all, the biggest interest is whether Ohtani will finish the season like this and which team he will play for next season. Ohtani will become a free agent at the end of this season. He entered the major league stage in 2018 with a six-year contract with the Angels.
Otani, who had never played fall baseball until this year, expressed his intention several times, saying, “I want to play for a club that can challenge for the championship.”