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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Angels GM shoots down report that Shohei Ohtani needs Tommy John surgery

Shohei Ohtani

The Los Angeles Angels placed Shohei Ohtani on the disabled list this weekend and said the two-way star will miss at least three weeks, and general manager Billy Eppler insists that is all the team knows about the injury at this point.

Ohtani is dealing with a sprained UCL, which is the elbow ligament often associated with the dreaded Tommy John surgery. ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported early Monday morning that signs point to Ohtani needing the procedure and potentially being out until 2020, but Eppler says that report is premature and not based in fact.

Ohtani had another recurring injury this season that Angels fans were concerned about, but suddenly that one is insignificant. It’s never a good sign when people start talking about Tommy John surgery, especially for a 23-year-old.

It’s still possible that Ohtani will be able to recover with just rest and rehab, but the timetable for how long he is out ranges from three weeks to more than a year. Angels fans will be holding their collective breath until they know more.

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