RHP Ohtani Needs Tommy John Surgery; DH Ohtani Just Blasted 2 HRs
As far as anyone knows, history has yet to repeat urban myths.
Unfortunately, though, the plague of Ulnar Cruciate Ligament (UCL) tears seems like an inevitability that keeps on happening and happening and happening.
Now, it's sucked in Ohtani.
Dude took the news stoically. After all, he was also signed to be a bopper.
And that's what he did to Big Sexy and a lesser Texas Ranger right afterward.
Well, it beats the hell outta sulking.
State-of-the-art conditoning that's building a track record of reducing the risk of UCL damage is becoming more and more ubiquitous, but that's not gonna help Ohtani this time around.
The Angels have had health issues with their pitching all season. Maybe it's time they took a hard look at their training programs.
In the meantime, their plan to contend in 2019 will likely have Ohtani become an everyday starter.
With a recovering arm, outfield might not be advisable. That probably means he's Option No 1 as DH. What that does to Albert Pujols' playing time is anyone's guess.
A $28million benchwarmer is outta the question. It'll be tough enough to swallow as a part-time 1B.
On second thought, maybe Moreno should put another No No Nanette into his plans.