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Ohtani Needs Tommy John Surgery

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Ohtani Pitching for the Angels

Ohtani Pitching for the Angels

Ohtani Pitching for the Angels

Joe Wynne, Staff Writer

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As a follow up of my previous article, concerns about Ohtani’s injury resurfaced. Ohtani originally was not believed to need Tommy John Surgery, but a doctor finally recommended Tommy John Surgery for Ohtani.

Tommy John Surgery is ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. In this procedure, the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow is replaced by a tendon from another place in the patient’s body or a tendon from donated tissue from a cadaver. Tommy John surgery is most commonly needed for pitchers who throw at high velocities. Ohtani will not be able to pitch till 2020 because of this injury, but he has decided to play out the rest of this season as a designated hitter.

Ohtani has been a fantastic hitter this year as he hit 19 home runs and he is batting .291 on the year. Since Ohtani has decided to play out the rest of this season, he is batting .474 with four home runs and ten runs batted in. Ohtani is one of the best hitters on the Angels and his injury is a big loss for them, but as long as he continues to bat for the Angels this year, he can keep making the Angels a fun team to watch for the fans.

Joe Wynne, Staff Writer

Joe Wynne is an 11th grader at Los Alamitos High School. He is interested in sports and news. He likes to watch baseball, soccer, and football. He is interested...

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