Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch for the rest of the season because of a tear in an elbow ligament, Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian said Wednesday night. The Angels don’t yet know whether Ohtani will need surgery to repair the UCL ligament.
Ohtani was pulled in the 2nd inning of game 1 of the Angels doubleheader vs the Reds due to arm fatigue. Ohtani average velocity on Wednesday was 84.7 MPH. His average 4-seam fastball velocity was 94.4. Both were the lowest in a game in his career.
This isn’t the first time Ohtani has dealt with injuries in his MLB career. He previously had Tommy John surgery in October of 2018 after suffering a sprained UCL in June of that year.
The Ohtani Factor
On the mound Ohtani led MLB in opponent batting average, ranked 4th in K per 9, 5th in WHIP and 8th in ERA. He will not qualify for any of these at the end of the season due to innings pitched.
While team’s feared Ohtani on the mound, he was just as dangerous at the plate… especially when pitching. He finished with a 1.220 OPS in games where he started at pitcher, which is the highest OPS in pitching starts in a season since 1900 (min. 50 PA).
In the 1st inning of game 1 of the doubleheader, Ohtani hit his MLB-leading 44th HR. His 44 HR are 4 shy of breaking the Angels’ single-season record.
Shohei Ohtani 2023 Fun Facts
Just how rare is Ohtani’s 2023 season, there have been 359 instances of a player hitting 40 HR in a season, 2,522 instances of a pitcher recording 150 K in a season, but only 2 instances of a player doing both in the same season… Ohtani in 2021 and 2023.
Ohtani is one of 4 Angels players in franchise history to win the MVP award and he was the odds on favorite to win it this season. The last time the odds were offered was on August 14th, Ohtani was -10000 to win his 2nd MVP award.
Shohei Ohtani is the crown jewel of the 2024 MLB free agent class and is expecting a large payday. Currently his teammate Mike Trout has the largest contract by total value in MLB history at 12-years, $426.5M.
More on this later today on the Shemon and Sheppard Show 2-6pm.
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