Shohei Ohtani slams 2 homers after Tommy John surgery recommendation

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Shohei Ohtani has suffered what the Los Angeles Angels described as “new damage” on the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, prompting the organization’s physicians to recommend Tommy John surgery that would keep the 24-year-old two-way sensation off the mound until 2020.

The final decision rests with Ohtani, but the Angels have prepared themselves for what now seems like an inevitability. Angels general manager Billy Eppler called the news “disappointing” during a conference call with the media on Wednesday, hours before Ohtani belted two home runs in a 9-3 win over the Texas Rangers.

How will Tommy John surgery impact Ohtani?

We know Shohei Ohtani can star on both sides of the ball, but will a bad elbow — and his hitting prowess — limit his two-way pursuit?

Eppler thought back to his scouting trips to Japan when Ohtani was a high school phenom, and to his conversations with Ohtani in December, when the Angels beat out basically every major league team by becoming his preferred destination.

“He made a commitment to us, and he trusted

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