Los Angeles (AFP)
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani faces a six-week layoff after suffering elbow strain, the team said on Monday.
The Japanese ace only recently returned to pitching duties after nearly two years of rest after Tommy John’s surgery in September 2018.
However, in another scorching Sunday outing against the Houston Astros, the 26-year-old two-way threat was sent for an MRI after complaining of pain in his right arm.
Angels said Monday that Ohtani had been diagnosed with a strain of the flexor pronator mass, which helps stabilize the elbow.
“A general timeframe for starting a pitching progression following this injury is 4-6 weeks,” the Angels said.
Ohtani will stay with the team for his next trip to Seattle and could feature as a hitter, however.
“He’s traveling with the team to Seattle and his designated hitter status is on a day-to-day basis,” added the Angels.
Ohtani has suffered a series of mutilations during his stints so far this season.
He gave up three singles and walked three batters in a 6-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics last month, in his first appearance on the mound since elbow surgery.
Against the Astros on Sunday, he was ripped off after giving up five steps in the second inning, which means he has walked eight of the 16 batters he’s faced this season.
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