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Report: Shohei Ohtani Likely to Have Tommy John Surgery to Repair Elbow Injury
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani watches Kansas City Royals' Abraham Almonte being struck out during the fourth inning in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Shohei Ohtani's rookie season is likely over.
ESPN's Pedro Gomez reported early Monday morning the Los Angeles Angels expect Ohtani to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the 2018 season and the entire 2019 season.
"Everything I'm hearing is that the reality is, he probably will need Tommy John surgery. ... The earliest we might see him, should he have TJ surgery, would be the 2020 season."
Ohtani, 23, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his UCL last week. He underwent platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections to hopefully repair the damage, with the plan of reevaluating his status in three weeks.
"We're hopeful that he can, that it is completely treatable with the biologic prescription the doctors recommended," Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters.
"I'm just going to take every day as it