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Sport Shohei Ohtani's UCL injury will likely keep him off All-Star stage — and that's a bummer

23:35  08 june  2018
23:35  08 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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  Shohei Ohtani hits 101 mph on radar gun but done in by bullpen, Rally Goose Ohtani’s five innings of three-hit, one-run ball was foiled by the the Angels’ bullpen, two rain delays and one … wait for it … Rally Goose. After the game’s second rain delay, Ohtani was pulled from the mound with the Angels and Tigers tied, 1-1. Reliever Cam Bedrosian then imploded as he allowed four earned runs and recorded only one out.“I just had a rough time getting a grip on the ball,” Bedrosian said (via The Orange County Register). “I couldn’t locate my pitches. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get a grip on the breaking balls.”Jim Johnson then allowed another run as the Angels lost 6-1.

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The best story in baseball got an unwanted intermission Friday with the news that two-way star Shohei Ohtani would miss at least three weeks with a UCL sprain.

This is bad, not just for Ohtani and the Angels, but for baseball fans everywhere who have enjoyed and marveled at the historic nature of Ohtani's rookie season. Part of that marvel involved the exciting thought of Ohtani doing his thing before a national audience in the All-Star Game next month in Washington.

And while the Angels say they'll re-evaluate their star pitcher/slugger in three weeks, one would have to assume that even in a best-case scenario Ohtani is unlikely to take part in All-Star activities, now just five weeks away. Although the Angels have not mentioned his All-Star status, and though it's possible he could recover in time, it doesn't seem like something Ohtani or the Angels would want to risk for an exhibition game. (And, yes, he was all but certain to be on the team.)

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Newly-signed Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani has a first-degree sprain in his right ulnar First off , it doesn’t seem as though the injury is extremely serious. Second, players with nowhere near the That said, Ohtani could have TJ surgery, miss all of 2018 and 2019, and teams would still fall over

Will 2-way star Ohtani have greater injury risk? :: Shohei Ohtani coverage :: The teams in contention for Ohtani ' s services all have a plan in mind for Even a hand injury , like the torn thumb UCL suffered by Mike Trout sliding into second base last season, would be devastating for a pitcher.

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Although that's understandable and probably necessary from a health and team perspective, it's still a bummer for the greater baseball world.

a man wearing a red hat: Shohei Ohtani © (Getty Images) Shohei Ohtani

Make no mistake: Ohtani is a special player, the likes of which we've not seen in more than a century. He's a legitimate two-way superstar with the ability to make hitters look foolish with 100 mph fastballs and nasty breaking pitches, while also driving balls deep into the seats as a designated hitter. As I've written before, he's the real deal, and what he's done so far in 2018 is truly historic and potentially sport-changing.

On the mound, Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. With the bat, he's slashing .289/.372/.535 with six homers and an OPS of .907. Add it all together and he's been worth 2.0 WAR so far, according to the Baseball Reference formula. What he's been doing is pretty much unprecedented in modern baseball. Once the shiny newness wore off of Ohtani around late April, a lot of fans stopped paying attention. But Ohtani just kept doing his thing, albeit mostly on the West Coast, which meant hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of East Coast and Midwest fans didn't get to watch, either because of a clash with sleep schedules or a general lack of awareness.

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  Shohei Ohtani injury update: Angels rookie leaves start after four innings Shohei Ohtani was forced to leave his start against the Royals prior to the top of the fifth inning. He appeared to be looking at his pitching hand as he was walking to the dugout.A frustrated Ohtani repeatedly looked at his pitching hand as he spoke with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and team medical personnel after warming up for the top of the fifth inning. Ohtani soon left the game.

Shohei Ohtani likely to start on Wednesday May 27 - 11:46 AM Scioscia: Ohtani expected to pitch in Detroit May 26 - 4:33 PM Middleton needed UCL reconstruction, and now will begin the long road back from the surgery.

ARLINGTON, Texas Barring an injury or rainout that would juggle the schedule, Apr 28, 2018 · The much-anticipated showdown between Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani and New York Sports Illustrated (4/17): Shohei Ohtani It all depends on match ups and off days of course.

The All-Star Game would've been a great place to re-ignite Ohtani Mania. There seems to be little doubt that Ohtani would've found a place on the AL roster. It wouldn't have mattered whether it was as a pitcher or as a hitter. Anything that would've let the greater baseball world watch his greatness unfold in prime time would've been great for Ohtani, the Angels and baseball.

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Back in April, SN colleague Bill Bender talked to folks in Anaheim about what the future might hold for Ohtani as far as his potential to become a transcendent superstar that captures the attention and awe of the country, perhaps even the entire sports world. The All-Star Game was supposed to be a big part of that, the way it was with another transcendent star, Bo Jackson, in 1989.

"That's the kind of energy it may bring with Shohei," Angels broadcaster Mark Gubicza told SN. "It's already been strong with Shohei, and if he's somehow able to make it to the Midsummer Classic, if that happens, then I'll tell you what — watch out."

Ohtani's UCL diagnosis all but eliminates that possibility, at least this season. But if the evaluation in three weeks is promising, and assuming his recovery and rehab go as planned, Ohtani will be back on the field soon enough. There's no need for the Angels to rush him back, and they won't. They know what they have with Ohtani, the promise he still holds for the team and the sport.

For now, though, the rest of the country likely won't get to see that promise in July at Nationals Park — and that's unfortunate.

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