Major League Baseball’s top star, Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), has had his season ended early due to injury.
Angels general manager Perry Minassian held a press conference at Angel Stadium on Sunday (June 17) and said, “Ohtani continues to feel pain in his right side. For now, we’ve decided to end the season here.” “Ohtani will undergo elbow surgery next. We don’t know yet if it will be a ligament reconstruction or something else.”
Ohtani was diagnosed with ligament damage in his right elbow last month and stopped pitching. On May 5, he was also unable to bat after complaining of pain in his right side muscle. With Idoryu out of the picture, it makes sense that he would use this time to address his biggest problem, his elbow. No matter what surgery he undergoes, Ohtani is unlikely to see the mound next year.
The signs that Ohtani is out for the season are recent. Earlier this month, he missed 11 games after complaining of side pain. There were local reports that he had even removed his belongings from the locker room. As the rumors grew, the club held a press conference to announce that Ohtani would undergo surgery.
This season, Ohtani went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 games as a pitcher and batted .304 with 44 home runs, 95 RBIs, and 102 runs scored in 135 games. His numbers were so good that at one point he was considered a strong candidate for American League MVP. However, a nearly 30-game suspension has put a red flag on his MVP candidacy.
Future salaries are also a concern. Ohtani is a free agent after this season. He was expected to be the first player in Major League Baseball history to sign a mega-contract worth more than $500 million, but the surgery will reduce his value a bit. “The season of one of the greatest individuals in Major League Baseball history is over,” MLB.com said. Ohtani’s agent, Nez Valero, emphasized that “even if he has the surgery, he will be able to play next year.” 메이저놀이터