Shohei Ohtani Has Elbow Surgery And Expects To Hit In '24, Pitch In '25
Shohei Ohtani has elbow surgeryand expects to hit in '24, and pitch in '25. Shohei Ohtani, a prominent player for the Los Angeles Angels, underwent elbow surgery on Tuesday.
The attending physician expressed optimism that Ohtani, known for his dual role as both a hitter and a pitcher, will be able to participate as a batter during the commencement of the upcoming season.
Additionally, it is anticipated that Ohtani will resume his pitching duties in the year 2025. On August 23rd, Ohtani sustained a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament located in his right elbow, thereby concluding his participation in pitching activities for the season.
The individual maintained their role as a batter until September 3rd, at which point they experienced an oblique strain. On Tuesday, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the senior team physician of the Dodgers, performed a surgical procedure at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute located in Los Angeles.
According to a statement made by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, it was indicated that the parties involved opted to strengthen the existing healthy ligament, implying that the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) was not repaired using the Tommy John surgical procedure. On October 1, 2018, Dr. ElAttrache conducted a Tommy John surgical procedure on Ohtani.
I had a procedure done on my elbow earlier this morning and everything went very well. Thank you very much for everyone's prayers and kind words. It was very unfortunate that I couldn't finish out the year on the field, but I will be rooting on the boys until the end. I will work as hard as I can and do my best to come back on the diamond stronger than ever.- Shohei Ohtani
In a statement provided by the Angels, Nez Balelo, the agent for Ohtani, refrained from providing further information on the precise surgical procedure.
The final decision and type of procedure was made with a heavy emphasis on the big picture. Shohei wanted to make sure the direction taken gave him every opportunity to hit and pitch for many years to come.- Nez Balelo
In the statement released by the Angels, it says:
The ultimate plan after deliberation with Shohei, was to repair the issue at hand and to reinforce the healthy ligament in place while adding viable tissue for the longevity of the elbow. I expect full recovery and he'll be ready to hit without any restrictions come opening day of 2024 and do both [hit and pitch] come 2025.- Dr. Neal ElAttrache
Ohtani hits with his left hand. He bats leadoff and is widely regarded as a power hitter who may potentially pace the league in home runs.
Ohtani also has excellent baserunning skills, leading the league in stolen bases, bunt hits, and infield hit rate because of his lightning-fast sprint speed and feet-first sliding style.
Ohtani has been clocked by scouts in as little as 3.8 seconds to cover the distance from the batter's box to first base. In 2021, he recorded a career-high 26 stolen bases and ran the fastest average sprint time from home to first in the Majors at 4.09 seconds.
His 28.8 ft/s (19.6 mph) sprint speed and 3.51 s 80 ft split both ranked in the 92nd percentile of all players. Ohtani has shown an even more extensive defensive skill set as a fielder than he has as a pitcher, with multiple tag-outs and catches to his name in his time spent in the outfield with the Angels.
Ohtani, who is 29 years old, has hit 44 home runs, driven in 95 runs, tripled eight times, and stolen 20 bases. In 23 starts, he had a 10-5 record, 3.14 ERA, 167 strikeouts, and 55 walks across 132 innings of work.
Ohtani's eligibility for free agency will commence subsequent to the conclusion of the World Series. Prior to sustaining the elbow injury, there were conjecture on the potential acquisition of a contract up to $500 million or above that figure.