A disappointing season in L.A. just got a whole lot more cold water thrown on it.
Shohei Ohtani, the multi-talented phenom who can hit and pitch, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL next week, according to an Angels team announcement.
An MRI in early September revealed new damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in Ohtani’s right elbow and after initially being undecided about whether he should go under the knife, focused instead on finishing the season out as the team’s DH.
The invasive surgery will cost him the 2019 season, as a pitcher at least. No word yet on whether he may be able to resume designated hitter duties. Manager Mike Scioscia said he is fine to DH for the time being.
Despite a history of trouble with the ligament, Ohtani was still able to start 10 games this season, fashioning a 4-2 record, with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. As DH, Ohtani is hitting .280, with 20 doubles, two triples, 21 homers and 56 RBI in 99 games.