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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Angels’ Shonei Ohtani has no regrets hitting through year, delaying surgery

TEMPE, Ariz.—Shohei Ohtani tossed his water bottle toward a clubhouse garbage can and missed, instead landing it in a laundry bin. He laughed out loud, smiled big as he so often does, then retrieved the trash and put it in the proper place.

That’s about as close to throwing as the Japanese two-way star is right now.

Ohtani wouldn’t change how he handled his elbow injury late last year, continuing to hit for the Angels until season’s end even if it meant delaying reconstructive surgery and his ability to pitch again until 2020.

Can’t say that I blame him at all, though I suspect that may be contested logic around these parts.

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani, two-way players

Friday, February 01, 2019

Shohei Ohtani won’t be ready for Angels’ opening day

NEW YORK - AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani has been medically cleared to resume full-strength training on his right arm following Tommy John surgery, although he will not be ready to hit for the Los Angeles Angels by opening day.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler provided a positive update Thursday on the recovery of his two-way star, who had surgery Oct. 1.

The Angels expect Ohtani to be their designated hitter at some point in 2019, but he will not be active when the Angels open the regular season in late March, Eppler says. Ohtani is not expected to pitch again until 2020.

The Angels need to find new ways to waste the prime of Mike Trout, after all….

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, opening day, shohei ohtani

Friday, November 23, 2018

Shohei Ohtani reflects on successful first year in Major League Baseball

A little over a year ago, Nov. 11, 2017, to be exact, Shohei Ohtani strode into a room full of journalists at the Japan National Press Club and told the world he was ready to head to MLB and hoped to one day become the best baseball player in the world.

The Los Angeles Angels star was back in that same room Thursday morning — facing 312 writers, 31 television cameras and 30 photographers — to reflect on a whirlwind rookie season in MLB that ended with him as the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year.

“When I came here a year ago, I was determined to perform as well as I could,” Ohtani said. “It’s been one year since then and I think I was able to have a satisfactory and enjoyable season. After the season, I felt it was a good year and I have a lot of things to build upon for next year.”

Shohei Ohtani reflecting on his last season- would that any talk I gave got that big a crowd….

QLE Posted: November 23, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japan national press club, shohei ohtani

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Wins AL Rookie Of The Year Award

Shohei Ohtani didn’t show anything during spring training. And when he finally got it going for the Los Angeles Angels during the regular-season, the two-way sensation short-circuited, suffering a Grade 3 tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Despite it all, Ohtani became the first player since Babe Ruth in 1919 to pitch at least 50 innings and hit 15 home runs in the same season.

For that alone, Ohtani was the well-deserved runaway winner of the Rookie of the Year Award in the American League, now named after the legendary Jackie Robinson.

QLE Posted: November 13, 2018 at 05:46 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: rookie of the year, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Baseball - Angels’ Ohtani to undergo elbow surgery in October

Not a surprise, I admit, but still not news that is particularly pleasant to hear.

(Reuters) - Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Shohei Ohtani will have Tommy John surgery to repair his injured pitching elbow next week, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Japanese two-way player was placed on the disabled list in June with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow.

He has pitched just once since then, an outing in Houston in September where he lasted just 2 1/3 innings in a 4-2 loss to the Astros.

QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani, tommy john surgery

 

 

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