Shohei Ohtani injury update: UCL sprain in elbow lands Angels star on the DL

The Angels announced that they’ve placed right-handed pitcher and DH Shohei Ohtani on the disabled list with a grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. 

Ohtani underwent a PRP and stem cell injection on Thursday, and he’ll be re-evaluated in three weeks. At that point, a course of care will be determined. With any UCL injury of note, Tommy John surgery always looms as a worst-case scenario although it’s far too early make any such assumptions. Still, as CBS Sports HQ’s David Samson pointed out, rest and rehab aren’t always enough:

It’s worth noting that Ohtani was revealed to have a Grade 1 strain back after the Angels signed him. They’ve been careful with his usage, essentially turning him into a Sunday starter, like the ones used in the college game. Apparently that conservative approach was not enough to keep his elbow in mint condition, however.


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