Shohei Ohtani Has Damaged Elbow Ligament

Shohei Ohtani Has Damaged Elbow Ligament

A first-degree sprain is the least severe and this physical was distributed to Major League Baseball teams as soon as Ohtani entered the posting system, so there's no real reason for immediate panic.

Angels pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to a physical obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Ohtani is likely to have an immediate spot in the front of the rotation for the Angels, who have endured brutal injuries to their starting pitchers for two seasons. The PRP shot, in which centrifuge-spun blood is returned to the body to promote healing, was performed October 20, according to Yahoo.

The Angels announce that they have signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani, who is a pitcher and a power hitter, photographed during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on December 9, 2017. "Those are scans we conduct whenever we sign a pitcher", Angels general manager Billy Eppler told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. It looks consistent with players his age.

"Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists ... he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program", the November 28 report conducted by a Japanese doctor says.

The words "elbow" and "damage" can easily be terrifying when used together in any headline about a pitcher, much less one who could potentially be among the greatest players of his generation and certainly among the most fascinating, but do not fret (that much).

Ohtani only threw 25.1 innings this season for the Nippon Ham Fighters after his missed most of the season with a strained hamstring, so it's not like he's got a clean injury history. After the arthroscopic surgery, which removed an extra bone that had developed behind his ankle and a bone spur, Ohtani will need three months until he can return to "full participation of baseball activities", according to the report.