The same day it was reported the Angels pitcher/hitter would likely require season-ending Tommy John surgery on his ailing right elbow, manager Mike Scioscia left the door open for Ohtani returning from the disabled list exclusively as a designated hitter.
The Angels placed Shohei Ohtani on the disabled list Friday because of a Grade 2 sprain to his ulnar collateral ligament, saying they would re-evaluate his situation in three weeks.
Angles general manager Billy Epler was optimistic the treatments would work when speaking to reporters about the injury. They're trying to hold out because they're in the middle of a season, they're kind of competitive right now, he is their best pitcher. He boasts a 4-1 record with a 3.10 ERA over nine starts on the mound and has clubbed six home runs and 20 RBIs in 34 games at the plate, playing DH on his off days as a starter. But Ohtani later brought up his elbow soreness.
Turns out those Shohei Ohtani injury concerns were legitimate, after all. Gomez also added 2019 is likely out of the question, too, as "the earliest we might see him, should he have Tommy John surgery, would be the 2020 season". And really, the more they wait now at the front end, the longer it'll take at the back end. "That this is completely treatable with the biologic prescription that the doctors recommend".
The Japanese star is now out for three weeks after suffering sprained elbow ligaments, and the club is hopeful he may respond to platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy.
Ohtani had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) shot in October, before he signed with the Angels, to treat previous elbow pain. The Angels are in contention in the AL West, entering Monday's action 4.5 games behind the first-place Mariners and Astros.