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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Shohei Ohtani done for season, cleans out locker before Angels announce IL move

With nothing left for him this season beyond medical procedures, Shohei Ohtani has cleared out his locker with the Los Angeles Angels. Potentially for the final time.

The two-way superstar, who tore the UCL in his pitching arm last month, missed his 11th straight game Friday and it became clear after the game that he would miss more, as his locker was cleared out once reporters entered the clubhouse for postgame interviews.

Some of his things were even in the trash, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The next morning, the team announced that Ohtani is on the 10-day injured list with an oblique injury and will miss the rest of the season. General manager Perry Minasian finally elaborated on the story Saturday afternoon, telling reporters an MRI had revealed an issue with Ohtani’s oblique on Friday.

Ohtani apparently decided to clear out his locker because he is focusing on getting a procedure done on his elbow. That could mean a second career Tommy John surgery, though Ohtani has been reported to be seeking second opinions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 16, 2023 at 11:29 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: September 17, 2023 at 01:19 AM (#6141583)
Sad the Angels fans didn't get to see him one last time in an Angels uniform to say goodbye. Guess they'll have to do that next year with him coming to town in a different uniform.
   2. Lars6788 Posted: September 17, 2023 at 04:36 AM (#6141584)
Was worried for a second he ditched his teammates but he is still with the team in uniform.
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 17, 2023 at 07:21 AM (#6141587)
Looks like we'll get to see Ohtani striking out Trout again, folks!
   4. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: September 17, 2023 at 09:01 AM (#6141592)
Looks like we'll get to see Ohtani striking out Trout again, folks!

Well, maybe. If one of the Dodgers' two series with the Angels happens to line up with one of the increasingly rare stretches Trout isn't on the IL. And if Ohtani's elbow allows him to keep pitching.
   5. The Duke Posted: September 17, 2023 at 01:35 PM (#6141603)
I guess we have now passed "peak" Ohtani. What are the chances he's ever Cy Young material again? This will be his second operation, right ?
   6. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: September 18, 2023 at 11:10 AM (#6141650)
Was worried for a second he ditched his teammates but he is still with the team in uniform.

Yeah...the way this was handled by the Angels led to sports websites posting "Do you think Ohtani quit on his team?" polls. Grrrrrrrrrrr.

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