‘Two-hitter’ 日 Ohtani tears elbow ligament… won’t pitch this year

Major League Baseball’s Shohei “Idoryu” Ohtani will not be able to pitch this season.

According to MLB.com, Angels general manager Perry Minasian announced on Thursday (April 24) that “further examination revealed a right ulnar collateral ligament injury. He will not pitch for the remainder of the season.”스포츠토토

Ohtani started and batted second in the first game of the doubleheader against Cincinnati. After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, Ohtani hit a two-run home run over the right-center field fence with one out in the bottom of the first. Returning to the mound in the top of the second, Ohtani walked the first batter he faced, Spencer Steer, and struck out Joey Votto.

Then, facing Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Ohtani signed to the bench after a five-pitch fastball fouled off a 2-2 pitch. He spoke with the coaching staff and then walked off the mound.

Ohtani was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the third inning. In the second game of the doubleheader, he started in the No. 2 spot and went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

A postgame examination revealed a strained elbow. Ohtani is now 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 games as a pitcher this year.

This isn’t the first time Ohtani has been sidelined by an elbow injury. In 2018, his first year in MLB, Ohtani was limited to 10 games as a pitcher due to an elbow injury. He underwent elbow ligament reconstruction surgery in October of that year and was limited to playing only as a designated hitter in 2019.

He resumed his pitching duties in 2020, but only pitched in two games as the elbow was found to be problematic.

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