Ohtani's MLB Future in Question as Angels Shut Down Pitcher
The Los Angeles Angels announced Monday two-way star Shohei Ohtani has been diagnosed with a 1-2 grade strain on the flexor-pronator mass, an essential part of the arm responsible for stabilizing the elbow. Typically, pitchers with this injury abstain from pitching exercises for 4-6 weeks.
The news comes following Ohtani's second start of the season on Sunday, in which the pitcher was pulled during the second inning. Ohtani's pitching comeback following his Tommy John surgery has not gone as planned thus far. Prior to the announcement of the injury, Ohtani had only lasted 1.2 innings pitched with seven earned runs and eight walks.
Hitting through the young season so far has shown more promise for the phenom. While only batting .148 through his first six games, he has two home runs and seven RBIs. The Angels will utilize Ohtani as a Designated Hitter until he is deemed healthy to return to the mound. According to ESPN, sources report the Angels will not be pursuing Ohtani as a hitter-only and still plan on utilizing him as a two-way player.