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Dose: Ohtani To Have TJ

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


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The Angels announced Tuesday that Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery next week, shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 regular season. The procedure will be performed by Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.


This always seemed like the probable end result when Ohtani was diagnosed with new damage to the UCL in his right elbow on September 5. But the 24-year-old two-way star wanted to stay active as the Angels’ regular designated hitter through the end of the team’s 2018 schedule -- a role he has excelled at in his first major league season.


Ohtani hit an RBI single and scored a run in the Angels’ win over the Rangers on Tuesday night in Anaheim and is batting .280/.360/.559 with 21 home runs, 20 doubles, and 56 RBI over his first 100 major league games, only 78 of which he started. He has also stolen nine bases and scored 56 runs.


Remember those questions about whether Ohtani would ever be a high-impact MLB hitter? Heh.


He won’t pitch again until 2020, but there is speculation that Ohtani might be able to serve as the Angels’ primary DH throughout the 2019 season while rehabbing his right arm. Angels manager Mike Scioscia cautioned Tuesday that there are “too many variables” to know for sure at this point whether he will be able to pull that off, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports spoke to four different doctors familiar with the Tommy John procedure who believe that Ohtani, as a left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower, probably could indeed do it.


With a strict focus on developing the offensive side of his game, Ohtani could potentially be even more productive as a hitter in his second MLB season. And we’d like to think he might try to steal a lot more bases.



Osuna Assault Charge Dropped


The assault charge against Roberto Osuna, which resulted in his arrest in Toronto back in May and culminated in a 75-game suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy, was officially withdrawn by a Canadian court on Tuesday.


Osuna agreed to a peace bond and must comply with the conditions of that bond for one year or face criminal charges. Those conditions include the continuation of counseling and zero contact with his accuser, who lives in Mexico and refused to travel back to Toronto to testify in the case.


"I am pleased and relieved by today's court decision," Osuna said in a statement released to the media. "Now I can begin to put these allegations behind me and focus on baseball. I want to thank my family, teammates and fans for believing in me. I am grateful to the Astros for providing me with the opportunity to play baseball and compete for a World Series championship.”


Houston acquired the 23-year-old right-hander from the Blue Jays on July 30, a few days before his suspension was set to conclude, and he has registered a 2.08 ERA and 19/3 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings with his new team, converting 11 saves in 11 opportunities. He officially took over as the Astros’ primary closer at the end of August, with Hector Rondon shifting into more of a setup role.


Osuna was booed heavily in his first appearance back at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Monday night as he worked a scoreless ninth inning to ice a 5-3 victory for the Astros. He got booed again Tuesday while tossing another scoreless frame -- needing just six pitches -- as Houston notched its 100th win of the season.



Vizcaino Back In The Ninth


In more positive closer news, depending on your perspective of the Osuna matter …


MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweeted Tuesday that Arodys Vizcaino is likely to serve as the Braves’ primary ninth-inning man “the rest of the way,” which would presumably include the postseason.


Vizcaino has not worked on back-to-back days since returning from a rather serious shoulder injury on September 14, but the reins are apparently off as the Braves prepare for what they hope will be a deep playoff run. The 27-year-old right-hander worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning in a non-save situation Tuesday night at Citi Field as Atlanta earned a 7-3 victory over the Mets. He’s been terrific this season when healthy, with a 1.91 ERA and 40/13 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 frames.


A.J. Minter got the majority of the save opportunities while Vizcaino was sidelined for a two-month stretch, but he has allowed seven earned runs on 15 hits and six walks over his last 11 innings.



National League Quick Hits: Mets activated third baseman David Wright from the 60-day disabled list … Max Scherzer reached rarefied air Tuesday, whiffing 10 batters to get to 300 strikeouts for the season as he spun seven frames of one-run ball in the Nationals’ defeat of the Marlins … Christian Yelich homered and drove in a career-high six runs Tuesday in the Brewers' blowout victory over the Cardinals … Jameson Taillon might not make his final scheduled start of the season Saturday versus the Reds due to workload concerns … Anthony Rendon stayed scorching hot Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in the Nationals' win over the Marlins … Kris Bryant was removed from Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates after suffering a left wrist contusion on a hit-by-pitch … Rich Hill will be skipped in the Dodgers’ rotation this weekend at San Francisco … Addison Russell, who is on MLB’s administrative leave list following allegations of mental and physical abuse from his ex-wife, is not expected to rejoin the Cubs for the postseason … David Dahl went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBI in the Rockies’ win over the Phillies on Tuesday … Noah Syndergaard pitched through an illness on Tuesday night against the Braves but still managed six scoreless innings in a no-decision … Dansby Swanson will undergo an MRI on his left hand and wrist after making an early exit from Tuesday night’s game against the Mets … Chris Archer fanned nine batters over six scoreless innings in the Pirates' 6-0 shutout of the Cubs on Tuesday … Aaron Altherr has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right big toe and is done for the rest of the 2018 season … Eduardo Escobar hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers … Tanner Roark (family) will not make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins, with Kyle McGowin drawing the nod in his place … Shelby Miller (elbow) threw a 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday and could see some live action this weekend in San Diego … Jerad Eickhoff could make a start for the Phillies before the end of the regular season … Christian Walker will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair a sinus fracture.


American League Quick Hits: An MRI turned up negative on Aaron Hicks' left hamstring and he is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting lineup after a couple days of rest … Carlos Correa (back) took 30-40 swings Tuesday without issue and is expected to return to the Astros’ starting lineup on Wednesday … Lourdes Gurriel (hamstring) has been shut down for the remainder of the season … Gary Sanchez slugged a three-run homer and drove in four runs Tuesday at Tampa Bay … Gleyber Torres was held out of the Yankees’ lineup Tuesday due to minor foot, hip, and groin ailments … Aaron Sanchez underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his injured right index finger … Miguel Sano (knee) could return to action at some point this week … Avisail Garcia will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee October 2 … Didi Gregorius (wrist) took grounders on the field but did not make any throws before the Yankees’ game against the Rays on Tuesday … Joey Gallo launched his 40th home run of the season Tuesday in the Rangers' loss to the Angels … Michael Brantley was removed from Tuesday's game against the White Sox with a right calf contusion … Mike Minor has reached his innings limit and been shut down by the Rangers … Alex Bregman slugged a two-run home run Tuesday in the Astros' win over the Blue Jays … Luis Severino struck out seven while holding the Rays to two runs over five innings Tuesday in the Yankees' win … Ryan Meisinger will start the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox … Mitch Garver (concussion) has been cleared for hitting … Nick Delmonico left Tuesday night's game against the Indians with a sore right shoulder … Wily Peralta pitched out of a bases loaded jam to record a save Tuesday in Cincinnati … Kohl Stewart pitched six scoreless innings in relief, striking out five, Tuesday against the Tigers … Matt Shoemaker struck out seven batters over five innings of one-run ball Tuesday in the Angels’ defeat of the Rangers … Rays catcher Michael Perez (hamstring) won't return this season … Chris Devenski will serve as the Astros' opener on Wednesday against the Blue Jays … No structural damage was found in Hunter Harvey's surgically-repaired right elbow following a follow-up exam on Monday.



Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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